CQUniversity Unit Profile
SCIE40018 Foundation Science
Foundation Science
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General Information

Overview

This unit will enable students with no recent formal education in science to gain the necessary understanding of the basic principles of the major branches of science that will serve as a foundation for entry into relevant courses, such as nursing/health, and related areas. Students will develop study skills in selecting and evaluating scientific information. They will also enhance their knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, physics and related mathematical concepts, and their applications in real-world contexts.

Details

Career Level: Non-award
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 - 2018

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award 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. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%

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 Unit evaluation

Feedback

Mixed reviews on assessment feedback.

Recommendation

Provide more details on assessments and link to feedback sheets.

Feedback from Unit evaluation

Feedback

Positive feedback on assessment format.

Recommendation

Continue to provide interesting and relevant assessment tasks.

Feedback from Unit evaluation

Feedback

Mixed feedback on style of podcasts.

Recommendation

Trial new lecture recordings with a student audience to better gauge students understanding and engagement.

Feedback from Staff feedback

Feedback

Content relevance.

Recommendation

Review content and schedule, and make adjustments as required, to ensure unit provides a good introduction to Science for the mixed cohort of students.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply a range of study skills to the selection and evaluation of scientific information
  2. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental principles of biology, chemistry and physics and their application in real-world contexts
  3. Demonstrate understanding of basic mathematical concepts as applied to scientific calculations and data
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
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - Written Assessment - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
4 - Information Technology Competence
5 - Problem Solving
6 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross-Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical Practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - Written Assessment - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

This unit is supported by comprehensive study notes (and a range of other resources, including lecture podcasts) that are available on the Foundation Science unit Moodle site.

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
Leonie Barnett Unit Coordinator
l.barnett@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 1: Understanding numbers - tools of science

Chapter

The number line; Ways to express numbers; Evaluating measurements and results; Units and conversions; Graphing; Simple algebraic equations

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 2: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules

Chapter

Building blocks of matter; Bonding

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 Online Quiz Due: Week 2 Wednesday (14 Mar 2018) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 2: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules

Chapter

Chemical reactions; Measuring atoms and molecules; Solutions

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 2: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules

Chapter

Electrolytes; Acids and bases; Organic compounds; Biomolecules

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 3: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life

Chapter

Levels of organisation in living systems; Homeostasis; A closer look at the human body

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 Due: Week 5 Wednesday (4 Apr 2018) 11:55 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Study Break

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 3: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life

Chapter

Cell structure and function

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 3: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life

Chapter

Cell structure and function continued.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 3: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life

Chapter

Types of cells; The digestive system

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 3: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life

Chapter

The nervous system

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 3: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life

Chapter

Microbes; Genetics and Heredity

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 Due: Week 10 Friday (18 May 2018) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 4: Working with matter - energy and change

Chapter

Density; Force; Mass and weight; Pressure; Work

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 4: Working with matter - energy and change

Chapter

Waves; the electromagnetic spectrum; Nuclear radiation

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 4 Due: Week 12 Friday (1 June 2018) 11:55 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Term Specific Information

Unit contact: Dr Tania van den Ancker, email: t.vandenancker@cqu.edu.au, phone: (07) 4940 7511

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 1 Online Quiz

Task Description

Assessment 1 is available on the SCIE40018 Moodle site. It is a compulsory quiz that covers the material presented in Topic 1: Understanding numbers - tools of science.

The assessment comprises a series of multiple choice questions relating to numbers and number formats, including: fractions, decimals, percentages, scientific notation and significant figures. You are also required to perform calculations involving ratios and unit conversions.

The quiz is not timed and you are allowed two attempts. The highest score of the two attempts will be recorded. Note that questions are generated randomly, and you will receive different questions on the second attempt.

The resources provided on the SCIE40018 Moodle site contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete this assessment.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Week 2 Wednesday (14 Mar 2018) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 4 Wednesday (28 Mar 2018)


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
You must obtain at least 30% for this assessment.

Assessment Criteria

One mark will be awarded for each correct answer. No marks will be deducted for incorrect answers.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
This assessment must be completed as an online quiz via the SCIE40018 Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply a range of study skills to the selection and evaluation of scientific information
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic mathematical concepts as applied to scientific calculations and data


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

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2

Task Description

Assessment 2 is available on the SCIE40018 Moodle site. It is a compulsory written assessment that covers material presented in Topic 2: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules.

The assessment comprises various question types that require you to type responses directly into the task sheets. Depending on the question, you may be required to do one or more of the following:

  • provide short written answers
  • choose the correct response from a multiple choice format
  • perform simple calculations.

The resources provided on the SCIE40018 Moodle site contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment. All working and development of answers must be shown.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Wednesday (4 Apr 2018) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Wednesday (25 Apr 2018)


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
You must obtain at least 30% for this assessment.

Assessment Criteria

Marks are allocated for the following:

  • presenting accurate information
  • setting the solution out correctly
  • writing and using units and formula correctly.

The number of marks allocated for each question is detailed on the assessment task.

Answers to all questions must be typed directly on the assessment task sheets. Any handwritten or drawn responses need to be scanned and pasted into the Word file.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Assessment 2 is to be uploaded as a single Word document through the SCIE40018 Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply a range of study skills to the selection and evaluation of scientific information
  • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental principles of biology, chemistry and physics and their application in real-world contexts


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

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 3

Task Description

Assessment 3 is available on the SCIE40018 Moodle site. It is a compulsory written assessment that covers material presented in Topic 3: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life.

The assessment comprises various question types that require you to type responses directly into the task sheets. Depending on the question, you may be required to do one or more of the following:

  • provide short or extended written responses, providing and using examples and diagrams to support your answer
  • choose the correct response from a multiple choice format.

The resources provided on the SCIE40018 Moodle site contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (18 May 2018) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (1 June 2018)


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
You must obtain at least 30% for this assessment.

Assessment Criteria

Marks are allocated for the following:

  • presenting accurate information
  • using appropriate examples and diagrams.

The number of marks allocated for each question is detailed on the assessment task.

Answers to all questions must be typed directly on the assessment task sheets. Any handwritten or drawn responses need to be scanned and pasted into the Word file.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Assessment 3 is to be uploaded as a single Word document through the SCIE40018 Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply a range of study skills to the selection and evaluation of scientific information
  • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental principles of biology, chemistry and physics and their application in real-world contexts


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

4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 4

Task Description

Assessment 4 is available on the SCIE40018 Moodle site. It is a compulsory written assessment that covers material presented in Topic 4: Working with matter - energy and change.

The assessment comprises various question types that require you to type responses directly in the task sheets. Depending on the question, you may be required to do one or more of the following:

  • provide short written answers
  • choose the correct response from a multiple choice format
  • perform simple calculations.

The resources provided on the SCIE40018 Moodle site contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment. All working and development of answers must be shown.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (1 June 2018) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (15 June 2018)


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
You must obtain at least 30% for this assessment.

Assessment Criteria

Marks are allocated for the following:

  • presenting accurate information
  • setting the solution out correctly
  • writing and using units and formula correctly.

The number of marks allocated for each question is detailed on the assessment task.

Answers to all questions must be typed directly on the assessment task sheets. Any handwritten or drawn responses need to be scanned and pasted into the Word file.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Assessment 4 is to be uploaded as a single Word document through the SCIE40018 Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply a range of study skills to the selection and evaluation of scientific information
  • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental principles of biology, chemistry and physics and their application in real-world contexts


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

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?