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SCIE11022 - Introductory Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On successful completion of this course, students will have a sound understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of physical and chemical sciences, with particular reference to applied health. Students must attend a compulsory residential school or on-campus lab classes in order to achieve the leaning outcomes.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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 Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2013

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 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 15%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 15%
4. 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 41.56% 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: Moodle
Feedback
Many students noted the unit covers a lot of content and requires a considerable amount of contact and non-contact hours to keep up. Some suggestions were made that this content could be streamlined to improve delivery.
Recommendation
Unit content to be reviewed and updated to see where improvements can be made that remove less-essential content in favour of more time spent on explaining essential content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle In-person feedback
Feedback
As a science unit for students with a traditionally non-science background, some students noted their struggled with the unavoidable mathematics needed to teach much of the content. While they appreciated the new step-by-step approach to the mathematics, they expressed a desire for more of this.
Recommendation
Continue to expand the step-by-step approach to the mathematical aspects of the unit's content, including additional examples and practice problems, where appropriate.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
A student noted that they struggled with the requirement to watch and learn from the lectures, instead of being given the answer directly in an email. They also noted that they struggled to find information on the assessment tasks.
Recommendation
Encouraging students to watch and learn from the lectures will not be changed. While assessment information was widely broadcast through the unit profile, Moodle updates, and in-lecture announcements, additional reminders will be sent out during the next offering.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle Email
Feedback
Several students noted the time allocated for the final quiz (2 hours) was insufficient for them to demonstrate their learning in the unit.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the final online quiz time limit be extended to 3 hours.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle Email In-person
Feedback
Students who consistently engaged with the unit appreciated the frequent additional live tutorial sessions run by the teaching staff, especially close to assessment deadlines.
Recommendation
It is recommended that such additional avenues of contact for the students be maintained as much as staff workload will allow in future offerings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and the writing of reports
  2. Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health
  3. Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health
  4. Conduct practical procedures relevant to applied health

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination