CQUniversity Unit Profile
SCIE11022 Introductory Science
Introductory Science
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Corrections

Unit Profile Correction added on 11-03-17

  • Under Schedule, Events and Submissions, for Week 5:

Currently reads: Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 1: Bundaberg Campus Thursday 7th - Friday 8th April, 2016

Short Answer Questions Due Tuesday (04 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST

Change to: Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 1: Bundaberg Campus Thursday 6th - Friday 7th April, 2017

Short Answer Questions Due Tuesday (04 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST

  • Under Schedule, Events and Submissions, for Week 6:

Currently reads:Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 2: Rockhampton Campus Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th April, 2016

Change to: Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 2: Rockhampton Campus Tuesday18th - Wednesday 19th April, 2017

  • Under Schedule, Events and Submissions, for Week 7:

Currently reads: Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 3: Rockhampton Campus Tuesday 26th - Wednesday 27th April, 2016.

Change to: Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 3: Rockhampton Campus Wednesday 26th - Thursday 27th April, 2017

  • Under Schedule, Events and Submissions, for Week 9:

Currently reads: Post Laboratory Quiz Due Friday (13 May 16) 11:45 PM AEST

Change to: Post Laboratory Quiz Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST

General Information

Overview

On successful completion of this unit, students will have a sound understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of physical and chemical sciences, with particular reference to applied health. Students must attend a compulsory residential school or on-campus lab classes in order to achieve the leaning outcomes.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2017

Distance

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 15%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 15%
4. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail
5. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from staff

Feedback

It was difficult to keep track of student registration(or lack of) for residential school choice.

Recommendation

A choice option will be included in the Moodle site in future offerings. This will clearly indicate to both staff and students, the registration for residential school options.

Action

Students were who had not registered for Residential School were reminded through EASICONNECT twice (Weeks 6 and 6) to nominate and sign-up for their Residential School session. This was successful as it also identified students who were repeating the unit and had to have their marks transferred to their previous attempt.

Feedback from staff

Feedback

More tutorial questions will be developed

Recommendation

Additional tutorial questions will be developed for all units of the course. This will assist in application of principles presented in the course.

Action

Additional tutorial questions were developed and added to Modules 10, 11 and 14 under "Activities".

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and the writing of reports
  2. Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health
  3. Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health
  4. Conduct practical procedures relevant to applied health
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 15%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 15%
4 - Examination - 50%
5 - On-campus Activity - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 15%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 15%
4 - Examination - 50%
5 - On-campus Activity - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Shaneel Chandra Unit Coordinator
s.chandra@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Matter: the elements and atomic structure

Chapter

Module 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Compounds: Molecules and their chemical bonds

Chapter

Module 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Understanding chemical reactions

Chapter

Module 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Presenting data: numbers, units and graphs

Chapter

Module 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Solutions: Composition and concentration

Chapter

Module 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 1: Bundaberg Campus Thursday 7th - Friday 8th April, 2016


Short Answer Questions Due: Week 5 Tuesday (4 Apr 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Electrolytes, acids, bases and buffers

Chapter

Module 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 2: Rockhampton Campus Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th April, 2016


Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Gases and their behaviour

Chapter

Module 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 3: Rockhampton Campus Tuesday 26th - Wednesday 27th April, 2016.

Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

Module/Topic

Climate and weather

Chapter

Module 8

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

Module/Topic

An introduction to organic chemistry

Chapter

Module 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Post Laboratory Quiz Due Friday (13 May 16) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

Module/Topic

The water cycle and the carbon cycle

Chapter

Modules 10 and 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

Module/Topic

Waves, sight and sound, and nuclear radiation

Chapter

Module 12 and 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Mulitple Choice Quiz Due: Week 11 Friday (26 May 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

Module/Topic

Geology and erosion

Chapter

Module 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Short Answer Questions

Task Description

This assessment will aid your comprehension of the concepts presented in Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 of this course. This assessment requires you to study the material in modules 1 to 4 of Introductory Science and apply the concepts presented to provide short answers to a series of questions. You must provide explanations for each of your answers.

Your response to this assessment should be made in electronic format, as a single Word document, and should be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions. Note; that all submissions are processed through the similarity detection software (called Turnitin). You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.



Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Tuesday (4 Apr 2017) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Friday (28 Apr 2017)


Weighting
15%

Minimum mark or grade
20%

Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for each question as indicated on the assessment item. Explanations for each of your answers must be provided. If questions require calculations all working must be shown.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
You must submit the assessment by uploading a single word document ( ie .doc or .docx) through the moodle site. Mac users should ensure that the file name has '.doc' or '.docx' for word files. This will ensure that you are able to upload into moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and the writing of reports
  • Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health
  • Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Scientific report and post laboratory quiz

Task Description

Residential School and submission of scientific report

You are required to attend and participate in all laboratory classes at one (1) of three (3) Residential Schools offered during the term for this course. You must nominate which residential school you will attend via the student allocator/timetabling system.

This assessment is designed to develop laboratory skills, in addition to observational, data collection, communication and written skills. A laboratory workbook should be completed as the laboratory procedures are undertaken.

Part A of this assessment requires you to complete a scienitific report of a nominated experiment during the allocated class time. The report is to be submitted before completion of the final day of Residential School.

Part B of this assessment requires you to complete a short online quiz based on laboratory exercises and workbook entries.


Assessment Due Date

The scientific report must be submitted on final day of Residential School. The post laboratory quiz must be completed by end of week 9 (Friday May 13 11:45 AEST)


Return Date to Students

All marks for this assessment will be finalised and reports returned to students before the end of week 12. Please note that reports cannot be returned to students until after the final residential school option.


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
20%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment item has a total weighting of 20% comprised of

Attendance and Participation (pass/fail)

A pass/fail grade will be awarded for attendance and participation at the residential school/laboratory sessions.

Part A. Completion and submission of a scientific report (15%).

The scientific report must be written using the guidelines provided in the Laboratory information, workbook and report guidelines document.

The report should demonstrate:

  • effective communiciation skills and adherence to report guidelines provided
  • accurate recording of experimental data
  • evidence of critical thinking and problem solving skills with application to data interpretation and calculations
  • appreciation of significant figures and demonstrated competency in chemical calculations
  • correct presentation of structures, diagrams, equations and nomenclature
  • drawing and labelling of graphs and the ability to interpolate and extrapolate off graphs
  • accuracy of results
  • ability to discuss chemical principles and experimental results.

Part B. Completion of post laboratory quiz (5%)

  • The post laboratory quiz will consist of multiple choice or short answer questions. All questions are of equal weighting. One mark will be awarded for each correct response. Incorrect responses will not incur penalty.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline Online

Submission Instructions
Scientific reports are to be handed to Laboratory Supervisor on final day of Residential School.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and the writing of reports
  • Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health
  • Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health
  • Conduct practical procedures relevant to applied health


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Mulitple Choice Quiz

Task Description

This assessment will aid your comprehension of the concepts presented in Modules 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of this course. This assessment requires you to study the material in modules 5 to 9 of Introductory Science and apply the concepts presented to answer a series of multiple choice questions.

This assessment is in the form of an online quiz which is comprised of 30 multiple-choice questions.

(Total of 30 questions - each question worth 1 mark).


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (26 May 2017) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (2 June 2017)


Weighting
15%

Minimum mark or grade
20%

Assessment Criteria

All questions are of equal weighting. One mark awarded for each correct response. Incorrect responses incur no penalty.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health
  • Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

4 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title
On-campus Activity

Task Description

This assessment requires your attendance at the compulsory two day residential school for this course. You must select to attend one only of the three available Residential schools offered on either Bundaberg (1 option) or Rockhampton (2 options) Campuses. Your selection can be made through the student allocator / timetable system on MyCQU.


Assessment Due Date

Available residential school options: April 7 & 8 (Bundaberg); April 18 & 19 (Rockhampton); April 26 & 27 (Rockhampton)


Return Date to Students

A Pass/Fail grade will be recorded for this assessment following attendance at the Residential School.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
Pass

Assessment Criteria

You are required to attend and participate in all laboratory exercises scheduled for a 2 day residential school. Sessions commence at 8.30 am and conclude with the completion of the practical exercises scheduled for each day (approximately 5 pm).


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
Student attendance at the Residential School will be confirmed through daily roll calls.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and the writing of reports
  • Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health
  • Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health
  • Conduct practical procedures relevant to applied health


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Work

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
120 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
40%

Details
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?