CQUniversity Unit Profile
SCIE11022 Term 1 - 2021
Introductory Science
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General Information

Overview

On successful completion of this unit, you will have a sound understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of physical and chemical sciences, with particular reference to applied science, health and safety. You will be able to use appropriate scientific units and notation, and explain the chemical principles relating to atoms, molecules, biomolecules, solutions, pH and chemical reactions. You will apply the physical principles associated with the behaviour of gases, electromagnetic radiation, sound, motion and forces to solve problems relevant to the workplace. You will also study aspects of science relevant to your specific discipline.

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 - 2021

Online

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).

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: 30%
2. Online Test
Weighting: 20%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
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 Student evaluation on Moodle.

Feedback

Students enjoyed the lectures but would like to have more videos showing how to do calculations.

Recommendation

Some videos showing how to do calculations will be recorded.

Feedback from Student evaluation on Moodle.

Feedback

Students would like some more detail in some of the lectures, particularly the chemistry as they found parts of it hard to follow.

Recommendation

Lectures will be reviewed to see where more detail might be helpful.

Feedback from Student evaluation on Moodle.

Feedback

Students would like to have more zoom sessions.

Recommendation

More frequent zoom sessions will be scheduled even though zoom sessions conducted last year were very poorly attended.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH, chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health
  2. Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and use appropriate scientific units and scientific and logarithmic notation
  3. Explain the basic physical principles associated with the behaviour of gases, electromagnetic radiation and sound with particular reference to applied health
  4. Apply the principles of motion and forces in the context of applied health and safety
  5. Explain introductory scientific principles pertaining to your area of specialisation with either a physics or environmental focus.
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 5
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Online Test - 20%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Online Test - 20%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 50%
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 styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Andrew Irving Unit Coordinator
a.irving@cqu.edu.au
Nathan Brooks-English Unit Coordinator
n.english@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Matter: The elements and atomic structure

Chapter

Module 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Compounds: Molecules and their chemical bonds

Chapter

Module 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Presenting data: Numbers, units and graphs

Chapter

Module 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Solutions: Composition and concentrations

Chapter

Module 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Electrolytes, acids, bases and buffers

Chapter

Module 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

An introduction to organic chemistry and biomolecules

Chapter

Module 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Short Answer Questions Due: Week 6 Monday (19 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Gases and the respiratory system

Chapter

Module 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Waves, sight and sounds, and nuclear radiation

Chapter

Module 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Motion kinematics

Chapter

Module 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Forces and motion

Chapter

Module 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Option A: Work, energy and momentum

Option B: Climate, weather, and the water and carbon cycles

Chapter

Module 11A or Module 11B

Events and Submissions/Topic

Multiple Choice Quiz Due: Week 11 Friday (28 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Option A: Electricity

Option B: Geology and erosion

Chapter

Module 12A or Module 12B

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

End-of-term Online Quiz Due: Review/Exam Week Friday (11 Jun 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

This unit will introduce you to a broad range of scientific fields to enhance your tertiary-level understanding of such topics. Given the breadth of content covered, there is no prescribed textbook for the unit, but we have instead provided you with summary material in the form of a study guide available on Moodle. The final two weeks of the unit offer a choice of content.  Students in the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety, and the Bachelor of Accident Forensics, are advised to study option A in both weeks.  Students in the Bachelor of Public Health are advised to study option B in both weeks.  Students in all other programs are advised to choose whichever option they find most relevant to them, but to choose the same option for both weeks so that you will be able to complete the end-of-term quiz.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Short Answer Questions

Task Description

You are required to provide short answers to a series of questions based on the concepts presented in Modules 1 to 5 of this unit. A Word file will be made available to you on Moodle, which you can type your answers directly into and resubmit through the assessment link. You must provide explanations and/or calculations for each of your answers. Your answers do not need to be referenced but you must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (19 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Submit your work as a Word document (.doc or .docx) via Moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (3 May 2021) 12:00 am AEST

Your marked work will be returned to you via Moodle


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
50 %

Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for each question as indicated on the assessment item. Explanations for your answers must be provided and/or if questions require calculations, all working must be shown.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit your work as a Word document (.doc or .docx) via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH, chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health
  • Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and use appropriate scientific units and scientific and logarithmic notation


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

2 Online Test

Assessment Title
Multiple Choice Quiz

Task Description

You are required to complete an online quiz comprised of multiple-choice type questions based on the concepts presented in Modules 6 - 10 of this unit. All questions are of equal weighting. Incorrect responses incur no penalty. The quiz will be available online, via the relevant assessment link in Moodle.  The quiz will become available to you on the Friday of week 10, and is due on the following Friday in week 11.  You will only be allowed one attempt to complete the quiz, so do not click the submit button until you are ready.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (28 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Click submit on the Moodle quiz when you are happy with your answers


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Friday (11 Jun 2021) 12:00 am AEST

Your quiz results will be available on Moodle


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50 %

Assessment Criteria

Correctness of answers. Note that incorrect answers do not incur any penalty to your final score.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Click submit on the Moodle quiz when you are happy with your answers

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the basic physical principles associated with the behaviour of gases, electromagnetic radiation and sound with particular reference to applied health
  • Apply the principles of motion and forces in the context of applied health and safety


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

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
End-of-term Online Quiz

Task Description

You are required to complete and end-of-term online quiz that will cover content across the entire unit. The quiz will comprise 20 multiple choice questions and 8 multi-part/longer answer questions (each worth 10 marks). Be sure you choose the quiz that is relevant to your chosen study option from weeks 11 and 12. The quiz will be made available at a date during the review/exam weeks (TBA - note that the date listed in this profile is a placeholder until quiz timetables are set later in term), and you will have 120 minutes to complete the quiz. Some simple calculations may be required, which can be completed with a standard scientific calculator. You will only be allowed one attempt at the quiz, and the specific questions you receive will come from a larger bank of questions. Your answers are to be your own individual work and not a result of collaboration with other students. Any identified cases of potential collusion will result in a breach of academic integrity case being raised.Additional information will be made available on the Moodle page throughout term.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Friday (11 Jun 2021) 9:00 am AEST

Click the submit button on the Moodle link when you are happy with your answers


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (18 Jun 2021) 12:00 am AEST

Your quiz will be marked on Moodle


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
50 %

Assessment Criteria

Correctness of answers.  Marks will be awarded fro each question up to the value indicated in the assessment item. For written answers (i.e. not multiple choice), ensure your explanations are clear and thoroughly convey your thinking.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Click the submit button on the Moodle link when you are happy with your answers

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH, chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health
  • Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and use appropriate scientific units and scientific and logarithmic notation
  • Explain the basic physical principles associated with the behaviour of gases, electromagnetic radiation and sound with particular reference to applied health
  • Apply the principles of motion and forces in the context of applied health and safety
  • Explain introductory scientific principles pertaining to your area of specialisation with either a physics or environmental focus.


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

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.

What can you do to act with integrity?

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.