Quantitative Mathematics for Science Inquiry - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Exercise (60%) , Assignment 2 - Report (40%)

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit will enable students to acquire, refine, and use quantitative mathematics knowledge and procedures (primarily in measurement and statistics) whilst planning scaffolded, online science inquiries, thereby integrating mathematics and science in context. The use and misuse of quantitative mathematics in scientific endeavours will be critically examined.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge of quantitative mathematics (scientific numeracy) to critically evaluate how quantitative mathematics can be used and misused to support claims
  2. create a challenging, engaging, and differentiated learning program based upon the science inquiry approach and incorporating appropriate quantitative mathematics
  3. select a range of resources, including technologies, appropriate to the Inquiry purpose and design.
  • Assignment 1 — Exercise (60%)
  • Assignment 2 — Report (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Scientific inquiry model
2Examine and critique a sample science inquiry
3Explore the `Big Ideas' of statistics and data collection
4Explore the `Big Ideas' of measurement .
5Explore the `Big Ideas' of data gathering
6Explore representations of data
7Explore scale and the links to fraction/proportion. Inquiry - Elaborate - Part A
8Explore length, area and volume. Inquiry - Elaborate - Part B.
9Explore geometry. Inquiry - Evaluate - Part A
10Explore geometry. Inquiry - Evaluate - Part B
11Peer review and feedback
12Digital technologies - evaluative report on the inquiry
13Review and Reflection

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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