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
Describe and explain the scientific concepts of the course.
Apply analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of theoretical and experimental contexts.
Effectively discuss and evaluate the scientific data and concepts presented in the course.
Generate and communicate explanations of scientific phenomena based on knowledge and critical analysis of the concepts covered in the course.
The nature of science - experimental design, measurement, communicating scientific findings.
Introduction to Cellular Biology - Contemporary issues.
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.