SCI100 Science in Practice

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 28 July 2020
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Trimester 1 Online
Armidale OUA Trimester 2 Online
Armidale OUA Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s)
Unit Description

This unit 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.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Essential Skills for Science and Technology

ISBN: 9780195576078
Zeegers, P. et al., Oxford Revised ed. 2013

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 2, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Recipes for Science - An Introduction to Scientific Methods and Reasoning

ISBN: 9781138920736
Potochink, A., Colombo, M. and Wright, C., Routledge 1st 2019

Note: This text is also available to SCI100 students as an e-book through Dixson Library.

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 2, On Campus and Online

Referenced Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Reference material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences

ISBN: 9780198821816
Overton, T., Johnson, S. and Scott, J., Oxford 3rd ed. 2019

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 5% 100
Assessment Notes

Online interactive assessment.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 2 5% 100
Assessment Notes

Online interactive assessment.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 3 5% 100
Assessment Notes

Online interactive assessment.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 4 20% 1500
Assessment Notes

Research summary.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 5 5% 100
Assessment Notes

Online interactive assignment

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 6 5% 100
Assessment Notes

Online interactive assessment.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 7 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

Science communication review.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 35%
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to pass the final examination in order to pass this unit. Trimester 2 note: The exam is only offered as a supervised online exam due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. work on a scientific activity both autonomously and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment and adapt to changing environments, including new technologies and method; and
  4. display an awareness of professional practice in relevant disciplines and an understanding, appreciation and respect for appropriate conduct and practice.