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SC1101 - Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

An introduction to the development of science and technology, 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 future trends. It will encourage the development of critical thinking, and the analysis and interpretation of ideas in science, and will provide an outstanding foundation for all students to become future change-makers regardless of their academic discipline.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of the history of the development of science and technology;
  • demonstrate knowledge of some of the key ideas and inventions in science and technology;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the 'scientific method' and ways of thinking about thinking;
  • demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by good and bad science.

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Mrs Heather Robson, Dr Robin Rodd, Professor Ian Atkinson
Lecturers: Professor Martin Nakata, Professor Stephen Williams, Professor Helene Marsh, Mrs Heather Robson, Dr Anne Swinbourne, Dr Robin Rodd, Assoc. Professor Simon Foale, Professor Ian Atkinson.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 27 hours on-campus > Lectures
  • 11 hours on-campus > Tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: quizzes or tests (40%); presentations (20%); (30%); assignments (10%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Lori Lach
Lecturers: Professor Martin Nakata, Professor Helene Marsh, Mrs Heather Robson, Dr Anne Swinbourne, Dr Robin Rodd, Assoc. Professor Simon Foale, Assoc. Professor Lori Lach, Professor Ian Atkinson.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 27 hours on-campus > Lectures
  • 11 hours on-campus > Tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: quizzes or tests (40%); presentations (20%); (30%); assignments (10%).

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.