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SCI8101 Science in Practice

Semester 1, 2021 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 4
ASCED code : 120199 - General Education Programmes n
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Raquel Salmeron


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.


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 approved after consultation with the examiner. 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.


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

  1. demonstrate professional knowledge and skills in an approved science area.


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

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Australian Government Publishing Service 2002, Style Manual: For authors, editors and printers, 6th edn, Wiley, Australia.
Barrass, R 2002, Scientists Must Write, 2nd edn, Chapman & Hall, London.
Day, R.A., 2016, How to write & publish a scientific paper, 8th edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Farr, A.D 1985, Science writing for beginners, Blackwell Scientific, Oxford.
Leaver, R.H. and Thomas, T.R. 1974, Analysis and presentation of experimental results, MacMillian, London.

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 03 Jun 2021 (see note 1)

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

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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 complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (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:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. 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.

Date printed 14 April 2021