CQUniversity Unit Profile
SCIE40018 Foundation Science
Foundation Science
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General Information

Overview

This unit will enable you 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. You will develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of chemistry, biology and physics and related mathematical concepts. On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to identify how a fundamental knowledge of these sciences is essential for further developing an understanding of their applications in real-world health related 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 3 - 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: 25%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%
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 Self-evaluation, feedback from other lecturers, student feedback

Feedback

Feedback on content in biology Topic module

Recommendation

Revise biology Topic module to increase explanatory detail and expand on essential themes.

Feedback from Unit evaluations

Feedback

Positive feedback for live lectures used for chemistry Topic module

Recommendation

Consider adding a live lecture component to the unit to improve student experience.

Feedback from Unit evaluations, self-evaluation

Feedback

Feedback on poor quality of recorded tutorials

Recommendation

Record new tutorials and make sure that sound and vision quality is adequate.

Feedback from Unit evaluations, self-evaluations

Feedback

Feedback on errors in the study guide

Recommendation

Proofread the study guide and correct typographical errors.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Use basic mathematical concepts to solve scientific calculations.
  2. Apply fundamental chemistry principles and recognise their applications in health contexts.
  3. Recall and explain fundamental principles of biology.
  4. Describe fundamental physics principles and their application in health contexts .


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 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 25%
3 - Written Assessment - 35%
4 - Written Assessment - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - 25%
3 - Written Assessment - 35%
4 - Written Assessment - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

All study material for this unit is freely available from the Foundation Science unit Moodle site.

IT Resources

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

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
There are no teaching contacts available for this unit
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Nov 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 Nov 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 2: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules

Chapter

Building blocks of matter; Bonding

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Nov 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 2: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules

Chapter

Chemical reactions; Measuring atoms and molecules; Solutions

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 Online quiz Due: Week 3 Monday (19 Nov 2018) 11:30 pm AEST
Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Nov 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 2: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules

Chapter

Electrolytes; Acids and bases; Organic compounds; Biomolecules

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 03 Dec 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Dec 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 Monday (10 Dec 2018) 11:30 pm AEST
Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Dec 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: 31 Dec 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: 07 Jan 2019

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: 14 Jan 2019

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

The nervous system

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Jan 2019

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Microbes; Genetics and Heredity

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Jan 2019

Module/Topic

Topic 4: Working with matter - energy and change

Chapter

Density; Force; Mass and weight; Pressure; Work

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 Due: Week 11 Monday (28 Jan 2019) 11:30 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Feb 2019

Module/Topic

Topic 4: Working with matter - energy and change

Chapter

Waves; the electromagnetic spectrum; Nuclear radiation

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Feb 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 4 Due: Exam Week Monday (11 Feb 2019) 11:30 pm AEST
Term Specific Information

The unit Coordinator for this term is Leonie Barnett (Lee), l.barnett@cqu.edu.au, +61 7 4930 9975, Building 32/G.27, Rockhampton North Campus.

All modules for this unit are online.

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 3 Monday (19 Nov 2018) 11:30 pm AEST

The quiz closes at this time. Ensure you access, complete and submit by this time.


Return Date to Students

The quiz will automatically return a result on completion.


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
30%

Assessment Criteria

One mark will be awarded for each correct answer.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

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

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use basic mathematical concepts to solve scientific calculations.
  • Apply fundamental chemistry principles and recognise their applications in health contexts.
  • Recall and explain fundamental principles of biology.
  • Describe fundamental physics principles and their application in health contexts .


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 Monday (10 Dec 2018) 11:30 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (7 Jan 2019)


Weighting
25%

Minimum mark or grade
30%

Assessment Criteria

Marks are allocated for the following:

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

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply fundamental chemistry principles and recognise their applications in health 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, 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 11 Monday (28 Jan 2019) 11:30 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Monday (11 Feb 2019)

Two weeks after due date or two weeks after submission if submitted after due date.


Weighting
35%

Minimum mark or grade
30%

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

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Recall and explain fundamental principles of biology.


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

Exam Week Monday (11 Feb 2019) 11:30 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Two weeks after the due date or two weeks after submission if submitted after the due date


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
30%

Assessment Criteria

Marks are allocated for the following:

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

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe fundamental physics principles and their application in health 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?