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SCI1001 Succeeding in Science

Semester 1, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 May 2022


Examiner: Polly Burey


This course aims to give students a broad overview of what science is concerned with and more importantly what are successful approaches to the study of science. The course serves as a foundation for further study and also as motivation for students to pursue a career in science.

This course provides an introduction to the development of science and its role in human society. The approaches to science, distinguishing real science from pseudoscience, key figures and their contribution, past and present debates, and, some of the important ideas of science will be examined. The course will initiate the development of critical thinking skills, through the analysis and interpretation of ideas of science, and, in so doing will provide a basis for further studies in any science discipline. The course will also provide guidance into successful study strategies, ways of coping with stress and managing the demands of both life and study. Additionally, options for careers in science will be explored and successful scientists from both industry and academia will be invited to give their perspectives on what is required to succeed in science.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. explain what science is today and how it has developed
  2. describe some of the basic principles of science underpinning all disciplines of science
  3. identify the moral implications and ethical requirements of science
  4. explain the role of science in society
  5. undertake self-directed and lifelong learning in science related to the pursuit of a career in science


Description Weighting(%)
1. What is science – an introduction 10.00
2. The veracity of scientific information 20.00
3. The importance of science to society 20.00
4. Ethical and moral issues 20.00
5. Key figures and how they helped to advance science 10.00
6. How to Study Science Successfully 10.00
7. Careers in Science 10.00

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
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz 1 No 10 1,2,5
Assignments Written Critique (written) No 40 2,5
Assignments Written Quiz 2 No 10 2,3
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 2,3,4
Date printed 17 May 2022