Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Scientific research is typically informed by more than one discipline. As such, it is important for professional scientists to have the capacity to engage and understand the perspectives of multiple disciplines while addressing scientific challenges. In this course, you will learn essential laboratory and fieldwork skills required in both your future field and across a range of other diverse science disciplines. As part of a research team of peers from diverse disciplines, and using the university as a living laboratory, you will investigate practical research questions using multiple disciplinary approaches. You will then communicate your research findings for scientific and lay audiences.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. As part of a group, gather, compare and summarise information from a range of sources and disciplines.

2. Collect, accurately record, interpret and draw conclusions from scientific experiments.

3. Communicate scientific results, information or arguments to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes.

4. Work safely and competently in a variety of laboratory and field contexts.


  • Working safely and competently in the laboratory and in the field
  • Collecting and analysing diverse data
  • Conducting experiments
  • Working as part of a team
  • The role of science disciplines in solving complex problems
  • Using multiple disciplinary perspectives to investigate scientific problems
  • Writing scientific reports, including laboratory and fieldwork reports
  • Communicating scientific information to lay audiences


You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed BIOL1003.

Assessment items

Report: Written Group Report

Report: Laboratory Report 1: Water

Report: Laboratory Report 2: Energy

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend a minimum of 80% of Laboratories to meet course requirements.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

This includes directed course content

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.