SCIE11022 - Introductory Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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 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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Online Test 20%
3. Examination 50%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.33% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The lectures were brief and contain no more information then the power point slides. Would prefer to have hour long lectures that explain topics thoroughly.
Recommendation
Lectures are meant to be brief. Science topics, if covered and delivered entirely by lectures would mean lecture sessions of several hours duration. Therefore, it is standard practice to have brief lectures that cover the basic concepts with detailed theory in modules (as in this unit), texts or students' own learning (strongly recommended). Students undertaking their own supplemental readings (via texts or online as they may require) is standard practice across all good universities worldwide. It is encouraged in recognition of different learning styles and capabilities. All lectures will be increased to 40-min duration.
Action Taken
The length of some of the lectures was increased, but it was decided that it was more logical to have the length of the lectures determined more by the complexity of the content and whether it was relevant to include worked examples which can take time to explain
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
This unit was too content heavy. 14 weeks of units and then holding an exam that covers all 14 weeks is quite heavy for an intro unit.
Recommendation
The unit has content for 12 weeks and this content has been developed by experienced and qualified educators. There will be no reduction in content from the existing 12 weeks as it meets the University's expectation of the teaching term length.
Action Taken
The unit still has content for 12 weeks. Program coordinators of some courses where the unit is core, requested different content for their students, so there are two different options that students can take for the last two weeks of term depending on which program they are enrolled in.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
I think someone needs to have a review of all the modules. There are some typos and errors with symbols that need to be fixed. I can't remember which but in one of the modules, it had just given some sort of information. The very next sentence in bold and italics said something like Error! There is no reference to support this!
Recommendation
This will definitely be considered and a review undertaken to remove misplaced live links in the Modules. All incidences of typos will be checked prior to delivery in the next offering.
Action Taken
The study guide for all the modules has been reviewed and all the cross reference and other errors detected have been corrected.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Weekly modules for the entire unit need to be accessible from week one allowing those who wish to can stay ahead.
Recommendation
Good suggestion that will be implemented.
Action Taken
As the whole unit was reorganised and new modules added, this wasn't possible this year, but every attempt will be made to ensure this happens for the next offering.
Source: Moodle student evaluation
Feedback
Students found the layout of the moodle site very easy to navigate
Recommendation
Maintain the current layout of the moodle site
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle student evaluation
Feedback
Students would like to see more feedback on their short answer assignment. Even though the correct answers were provided on moodle some students struggled to see where they had lost marks
Recommendation
More feedback will be provided on short answer assessment so students can clearly identify where they have lost marks
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle student evaluation
Feedback
Students would like to see the topics explained in more detail in the lectures
Recommendation
Analyse results from short answer assessment, quizzes and exam questions to see where more detailed explanations may help students better understand, and be able to apply the content to answer questions correctly
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
3 - Examination