SCIE11023 - Scientific Research Fundamentals

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will explore, synthesise and apply the fundamentals of the scientific method. You will develop skills in scientific communication beyond reading and writing - through a series of seminars, lectures and self-guided tasks students will learn appropriate manipulation of mathematical and statistical data as well as data presentation. You will enhance your knowledge and understanding of a range of fundamental scientific concepts and consider issues relating to ethics, experimentation and professional practice. Finally, through conducting your own research activity, you will learn how to develop a research framework and apply critical thinking to solve complex problems.

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 No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton

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

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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 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 14.63% 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: "Have your say" feedback on Moodle.
Feedback
Students continue to enjoy the flexibility they are given in choosing their own topics for assessment pieces.
Recommendation
Lecturers will continue to allow flexibility in assessment topics for students.
Action Taken
Flexibility in assessment topics was retained with positive feedback from students.
Source: "Have your say" feedback on Moodle.
Feedback
Students appreciated the level of detail provided in lectures and tutorials.
Recommendation
Lecturers will continue to provide the lectures in the style and format similar to previous.
Action Taken
Multiple shorter lectures were provided.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Students continue to enjoy the flexibility they are given in choosing their own topics for assessment pieces.
Recommendation
Lecturers should continue to allow flexibility in assessment topics for students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
One student requested further assessment discussion at lectures and tutorials.
Recommendation
Lecturers should ensure that assessment requirements are discussed throughout term, with increased opportunity for student lead discussion.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: In-person feedback
Feedback
Students generally appreciated the linked nature of their assessments, whereby feedback from a preceding assessment helps inform and improve a latter piece. Some students noted they would like further opportunity to discuss their feedback with markers.
Recommendation
Consider adding in additional live voluntary Zoom sessions that are dedicated to discussing student feedback after assessments have been returned.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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