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DIP1755 Foundation Science

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022

Staffing

Examiner: Jenny Spence

Overview

Increasingly in today's world we are exposed to situations that require both a knowledge of science and an appreciation of scientific processes. The content of this course introduces students to scientific method, measurement in science, the nature of matter and contemporary scientific issues such as antibiotic resistance, genes and genetic technology and the causes and effects of climate change.

The course is structured to increase students' scientific literacy, particularly the ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate scientific data and to communicate effectively their findings. This will enable students to engage with scientific thought processes and content that is relevant both today and in the future.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Describe and explain the scientific concepts of the course.
  2. Apply analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of theoretical and experimental contexts.
  3. Effectively discuss and evaluate the scientific data and concepts presented in the course.
  4. Generate and communicate explanations of scientific phenomena based on knowledge and critical analysis of the concepts covered in the course.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The nature of science - experimental design, measurement, communicating scientific findings. 10.00
2. Introduction to Cellular Biology - Contemporary issues. 30.00
3. Introduction to Chemistry - models of the atom, physical and chemical properties of substances, the periodic table, ionic and covalent compounds, acids, bases, pH and chemical reactions. 30.00
4. Astronomy - our solar system. 10.00
5. Climate change and sustainable energy. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Assessment
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Problem Solving 1 No 20 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Problem Solving 2 No 20 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Problem Solving 3 No 20
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 1,2,3,4
Date printed 27 June 2022