Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Complex problems that challenge humanity cannot be resolved using only single disciplinary expertise. 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. You will also develop a strong argument as you learn how to apply for project funding.

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

Learning outcomes

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

1. Contribute to interdisciplinary inquiry and problem-solving;

2. Use an interdisciplinary approach to investigate a scientific challenge and its management;

3. Communicate interdisciplinary knowledge, methods and outcomes;

4. Explain the process of applying for grant funding.


The topics to be covered include:

1.     Interdisciplinary approaches for complex problem solving.

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

3.     Working as a member of a team.

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

5.     Communicating interdisciplinary problem solving across scientific and lay audiences.


If you have successfully completed SCIE2002 and/or SCIE2004 you cannot enrol in this course. To enrol in this course, students must have successfully completed SCIE1003.

Assessment items

Report: Group Work Written Report

Journal: Journal

Project: Communication Task

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. - There is a 80% compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

Contact hours


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


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

There is a 80% compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

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.