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.

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
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).

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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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: 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
The current layout of moodle was maintained and some areas streamlined even further.
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
More feedback on the short answer questions was provided so students could see where they lost marks.
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
Results were analysed and the areas where students needed more explanation were identified. This information was provided to students in zoom tutorials and in answers that were provided for the Short answer question assignment feedback.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 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.
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