Science in Practice
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.
Your upfront cost: $0
Online and other materials
Subjects may require attendance
- 02 Mar 2020
- 29 Jun 2020
- 26 Oct 2020
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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.
No eligibility requirements
- EquipmentDetails - • Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lecture and other media provided in subjects, a USB style headset has proven to provide superior audio quality to the jack style headset when used for online teaching software) • Headset, including microphone (highly recommended for participation in virtual classrooms) • Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations)
- SoftwareDetails - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete their subjects. UNE's minimum requirements for all students in relation to the hardware and software a student requires to support their learning are found at: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Final Examination for this subject.
This subject looks at how science is carried out in practice, how scientific findings are communicated, and how science impacts upon and is perceived by society. Topics covered include the differences between good science and poor, or questionable science, ethics, information management techniques, communication skills, graphical representation of and interpreting data, research design and basic statistical methods that can be used to summarise, analyse and interpret scientific data.
Assessment 1: Online interactive assessment. 100 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4. Assessment 2: Online interactive assessment. 100 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4. Assessment 3: Online interactive assessment. 100 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4. Assessment 4: Research summary. 1500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4 Assessment 5: Online interactive assessment. 100 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4. Assessment 6: Online interactive assessment. 100 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4. Assessment 7: Science communication review. 1000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4 Final Examination: It is mandatory to pass the final examination in order to pass this subject. This exam will be offered in hard copy at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Students who would like to take up the online option will need a webcam and a reliable internet connection. More information can be found on our web page at http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/my-course/examinations/olx-project. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4 UNE manages supervised exams associated with your UNE subjects. 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 (5%)
- Assessment 4 (20%)
- Assessment 5 (5%)
- Assessment 6 (5%)
- Assessment 7 (20%)
- Final Invigilated Examination (35%)
Essential Skills for Science and Technology Revised ed.
Zeegers, P. et al.
Recipes for Science - An Introduction to Scientific Methods and Reasoning
Potochink, A., Colombo, M. and Wright, C.
Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences 3rd ed.
Overton, T., Johnson, S. and Scott, J.
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