Available in 2021
Course code

SCIE1003

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

Science is critical for contributing new knowledge and finding solutions to societal challenges. But, how does it do this? Further still, how does it do this in a world filled with more and more fake facts? How do we differentiate between good science, poor science and non-science? How do you become the best scientist you can be so that you too can solve the important challenges that face us? That is what we explore in this course.

This course will immerse you with your student colleagues and with academic staff to begin the process of 1) building a learning community that will likely become your professional network through the remainder of your career and 2) building an understanding of what it is to be a high-quality scientific professional in today’s world.

You will learn about the many ways to think scientifically. You will explore how science informs debate and decision-making about public issues. You will gain an understanding of what it means to be a professional having scientific literacy and how you can contribute to a better future using your scientific knowledge.

You will also meet inspiring scientists and have the opportunity to hone your communication, critical thinking and interpersonal skills – three skills that are essential for successful and fulfilling careers in science and beyond.


Availability2021 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and articulate the methods of science;

2. Explain the thinking that supports high-quality science;

3. Justify the role of the ethical scientist and relevance of science in society;

4. Identify and consider your responsibilities as students of scientific inquiry;

5. Articulate the importance of the scientific community for the success of science;

6. Articulate the importance of oral communication, critical thinking and interpersonal skills for successful and fulfilling careers in science and beyond.


Content

  • What is science and the scientific method?
  • How do scientists think?
  • How to differentiate high-quality science, poor science and non-science.
  • The role of science in contributing to societal challenges.
  • The role of the scientist as a responsible and ethical world citizen.
  • The limits of science.
  • Learning science at university.
  • Developing oral communication, critical thinking and interpersonal skills.

Requisite

If you have successfully completed SCIE1001 you cannot enrol in this course. This course is only available to students in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced), or Bachelor of Mathematics (Advanced) programs.


Assessment items

Presentation: Online Oral Presentation

Written Assignment: Nobel Prize Nomination

Journal: Reflective Journal

Written Assignment: Workshop Preparation Notes


Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Integrated Learning Session: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Integrated Learning Session

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

Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Workshop

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

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.