Undergraduate | UNE-SCI100 | 2024
Science in Practice
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Understand how science is used in the real world. You’ll cover what makes good science and poor science, as well as ethics. Consider how findings are communicated, and how this impacts what can be analysed and interpreted.
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- Start dates
- 26 Feb 2024,
- 24 June 2024,
- 21 Oct 2024,
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- No prior study
- 16 weeks
Science in Practice
About this subject
Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- identify, define and analyse problems, use scientific method to form and test hypotheses, apply basic statistical principles and logic and locate and use appropriate problem-solving tools;
- report scientific findings in written, visual and verbal forms, communicate a convincing and reasoned scientific argument at a level and style appropriate to the audience;
- work on a scientific activity both autonomously and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment and adapt to changing environments, including new technologies and method; and
- display an awareness of professional practice in relevant disciplines and an understanding, appreciation and respect for appropriate conduct and practice.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
As the applications of science and technology become increasingly embedded in our daily lives, this flexibly delivered unit offers you insights into how science is carried out in practice. Learn to ask the important questions that help us to differentiate good, poor and questionable science, as you explore how scientific findings are achieved and communicated, and the complex relationship between science and society. In this subject, you will build foundational knowledge and skills that are transferrable to all scientific disciplines and are invaluable in non-science settings as well. While developing your scientific literacy and numeracy, you will examine ethics, information management techniques, effective communication techniques, graphical representations of data, and research design.
Assessment 1: Participation in online and/or in-class discussions. 250 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4;
Assessment 2: Multiple-choice online quiz covering the scientific method, scientific theories, and the relationship between science and society. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4;
Assessment 3: A written report on a case of ethical misconduct by a scientist. 500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4;
Assessment 4: Research proposal. 1500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4;
Assessment 5: Online quiz on scientific numeracy. 100 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4;
Assessment 6: Online quiz on scientific numeracy. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4;
Assessment 7: Academic poster based on research proposal. 500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4;
Assessment 8: Digital literacy. Create a video to communicate the research story of your research proposal and academic poster. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Prior to census date, UNE releases exam timetables. They’ll email important exam information directly to your UNE email address.
- Assessment 1 (5%)
- Assessment 2 (5%)
- Assessment 3 (10%)
- Assessment 4 (20%)
- Assessment 5 (10%)
- Assessment 6 (10%)
- Assessment 7 (20%)
- Assessment 8 (20%)
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