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SC1101 - Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

An introduction to the development of science, its methods, controversies, and fundamental role in human society. The subject will examine approaches to science, key figures and their contributions, some of the big ideas of science, and past and current debates. It will encourage the development of critical thinking, and the analysis and interpretation of ideas in science, and will provide a sound basis for studies in any scientific discipline.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of the history of the development of science;
  • Knowledge of some of the key ideas in science;
  • Understanding of the 'scientific method';
  • Understanding of what is meant by good and bad science;
  • Recognition of some of the drivers for scientific endeavour, and the cut-and-thrust of science.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Mrs Heather Robson
Lecturers: Dr Maria Pappalardo, Professor Joseph Holtum, Professor Stephen Williams, Professor Helene Marsh, Dr Conrad Hoskin, Dr Robin Rodd, Professor Iain Gordon, Dr Ioan Sanislav, Professor Sandra Harding, Professor Paul Dirks, Dr Espen Knutsen, Professor David Bellwood, Professor Garry Russ, Professor Ronald White.
Contact hours:
  • 34 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
    Assessment: tutorial attendance and participation (30%); class tests (60%); assignments (10%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
    Census Date 28-Mar-2019
    Lecturers: Mr Peter Whitehead, Mrs Heather Robson, Dr Lori Lach.
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 12 hours tutorials
      Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (30%); essays (20%).

      Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.