The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

Complex problems that challenge humanity cannot be solved using only single disciplinary expertise. Examples include mitigating climate change, reversing increasing rates of obesity in populations and achieving equitable access to tertiary education. These types of problems are called 'wicked' problems and typically are high stakes, resist solution, and even resist agreed definition. In this course, you will undertake an interdisciplinary challenge and explore how diverse science disciplines can come together to generate new more-than disciplinary understanding and solutions to challenging problems.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

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.

3. Communicate interdisciplinary knowledge in written form.


Content

  • Interdisciplinary approaches for complex problem solving
  • Conducting interdisciplinary scientific research on a real problem that challenges society
  • Working as a member of a team
  • Accommodating different disciplinary perspectives
  • Communicating interdisciplinary problem solving to a scientific audience
  • Communicating interdisciplinary problem solving to a lay audience

Requisite

To enrol in this course, students must have successfully completed either SCIE1002 or BIOL1003.


Assessment items

Report: Group Work Written Report

Portfolio: Portfolio

Project: Communication task


Contact hours

Callaghan

Online Activity

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

Workshop

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