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SCI8101 Science in Practice

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Science in Practice
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 120199 - General Education Programmes n
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Carolyn Brown

Rationale

This science course aims to enable students to develop specialised knowledge and skills for professional practice and further learning consistent with the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework. On completion of this course students are expected to demonstrate a professional level of scholarship and have gained expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in a body of scientific knowledge or practice to independently analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories.

Synopsis

This course provides the opportunity for a student to pursue an area of study in science that will complement the other program studies. Typically the course will consist of specialised investigations extending knowledge and skills in a certain area. The area of study chosen will be assigned after consultation with the examiner and a staff member with expertise in the area concerned. On completion of this course students are expected to have gained expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in a body of knowledge or practice to independently analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories. Assessment will be via an essay.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate professional knowledge and skills in a science area designated by the examiner.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. No specific topics are listed as the content of the course may vary from student to student. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=01&subject1=SCI8101)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Texts specific to the topic may be recommended by the examiner and/or supervisor when the project topic has been finalised.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Texts specific to the topic may be recommended by the examiner and/or supervisor when the project topic has been finalised.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 85.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Approved Assessment Program 100 100 18 Jun 2020 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. Examiner will advise the details for the Approved Assessment Program.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    The study area chosen will be assigned after consultation with the examiner and the appropriate Program Coordinator. It is the student's responsibility to find a staff member willing to supervise their study and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To be advised when the student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    To be advised when the student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The supervisor will advise the student and the examiner of the details of the study and the assessment program in writing by the end of week 3 of the semester as in TOPICS above.

  2. Assessment for the course will also vary according to the nature of the study undertaken by each student. By the end of the third week of semester the supervisor will provide the examiner with: (i) an outline of the study (ii) the objectives of the study (iii) the format, timing and weighting of the assessment items for the study (iv) a statement about attendance requirements (v) requirements of students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily (vi) penalties for late submission of required work (vii) requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course (viii) the method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade (ix) examination information (x) examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held (xi) any other requirements deemed necessary by the examiner.

  3. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Date printed 19 June 2020