Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


In this course, you will undertake an interdisciplinary challenge and explore how diverse science disciplines can come together to generate new understanding and solutions to challenging problems. You will work for a university client on a real problem that challenges them in their everyday work at the university. Your team will be contracted to provide recommendations to your client through a professional report.

Your team will practically apply the wide range of scientific thinking skills you learned earlier in your degree. You will learn how to undertake high-quality teamwork that capitalises on your team’s diversity. You will communicate your interdisciplinary skills and project outcomes to your client and a lay audience.

In contributing your intellectual capital to a real issue facing the university, you will be creating options which can make our university the best it can be. The professional expectations in this course will prepare you for the workforce culture when you graduate. The rich experience of practically applying your scientific skills will showcase and develop your employability.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Participate in interdisciplinary inquiry and problem-solving;

2. As part of a team, use an interdisciplinary approach to investigate a scientific challenge and its management;

3. Communicate interdisciplinary knowledge, methods and outcomes.


•  Interdisciplinary approaches for complex problem solving.

•  Conducting interdisciplinary scientific research on a real problem that challenges your university.

•  Working as a member of a team.

•  Capitalising on different disciplinary perspectives and other forms of diversity.

•  Communicating interdisciplinary problem solving to a scientific audience.

•  Communicating interdisciplinary problem solving to a lay audience.


To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 60 units, chosen from any courses offered by UON.

Assessment items

Report: Group Work Written Report

Journal: Reflective Journal Summary

Project: Communication task

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend 80% of workshop hours.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Online Activity

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


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

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.