Available in 2021
Course code



10 units



Course handbook


This course welcomes students to the world of science, introducing key principles and topics across the fields of chemistry, biology, biomechanics and earth and environmental science. Areas of study include the Formation of the universe and earth, Chemistry, Cells and life on earth, Evolution, DNA and Genetics, Biotechnology and Genetic engineering, Biomechanics and Environmental science.

This course is particularly valuable for students wishing to pursue studies in Science (marine, earth science, ecology or sustainable resource management, biology, geography), Teaching, Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Management, Engineering (Environmental and Chemical), Exercise and Sport Science and Computer Science; and is also suitable for students who wish to increase their understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. An understanding of key concepts in science.

2. The ability to use their scientific knowledge in a practical situation.

3. The application of critical thinking to address science-based problems.

4. The ability to synthesise information and key concepts to produce a scientific report.


  1. Introduction to Science and the Scientific Method
  2. Formation of the Universe and Earth
  3. Introductory chemistry
  4. Cells and the evolution of life on Earth
  5. DNA structure and function; basic genetics and inheritance
  6. Ecology, ecosystems and the environment; global environmental issues
  7. Biomechanics, musculoskeletal anatomy


To enrol in this course you must be active in the Newstep program or the Yapug Program. If you have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPSCIE130, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Report: Scientific Report

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Examination

Report: Environmental Scientific Report

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Written Assignment: Library and Referencing Exercise

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Laboratory to be held in Week 13


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.