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SC1101 - Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)

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.

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Erin Graham
Lecturers: Professor Joseph Holtum, Professor Stephen Williams, Professor Helene Marsh, Dr Jonathan Luly, Dr Tanya Doyle, Dr Erin Graham, Dr Conrad Hoskin, Professor Paul Dirks, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Professor David Bellwood, Professor Ronald White.
Workload expectations:
  • 34 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
Assessment: tutorial attendance and participation (30%); class tests (60%); assignments (10%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Professor Jonathan Nott
Workload expectations:
  • 34 hours lectures
  • 13 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.