Subject details

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

  • state and apply the main tenets of the scientific method (hypothesis, experimental observations, analysis of data, evaluation relative to hypothesis);
  • use computer applications for word-processing, spreadsheets, graphics, presentations and databases;
  • understand the main methods of communication used in the disciplines;
  • know and use common scientific information services, including library catalogues and computer-based services, e.g. databases of current literature;
  • conduct an experiment and write a scientific report using conventional format, including presentation in tables and graphs;
  • construct a critical literature review in conventional format, including location of material in recent literature, referencing and formatting;
  • prepare a presentation on the basis of this material using PowerPoint, including constructing a laboratory report and a critical literature review;
  • state and apply legal requirements of regulations governing occupational health and safety in the sciences;
  • state and apply legal and moral responsibilities of a graduate in these disciplines.
    • SMP - Data presentation
    • SMP - Referencing
    • SMP - Literature Reviews and presentations
    • SMP - Experimental Design
    • SMP - Scientific reports
    • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
  • Study resources

    • Print materials

      • Book of readings
    • Online materials

      • Quizzes
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials


None, however basic computer competency and English proficiency will be advantageous.

Special requirements

No special requirements

The study and practice of science has its own procedures and protocols as well as an oral, written and visual language. Students entering a scientific profession must be familiar with fundamental skills and knowledge so they can communicate and excel in the sciences. This subject is designed to begin that foundation. It introduces you to health and safety issues, advanced computer and web skills, oral, written and visual communication. The subject will raise your awareness and knowledge of what is needed to work in the sciences, as well as teaching you practical skills that will support further study.

This subject is part of the Science Pathway.

OUA Pathways recommends the best subjects to start your studies, even if you're not sure which degree you want to do. Each pathway includes four subjects based on your area of interest. Once you complete your recommended path you'll be able to choose from a range of degrees in your area of interest. Plus, each of the subjects you complete through OUA Pathways can also be credited towards your chosen degree.

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  • Assignments (70%)
  • Online tests (30%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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