Courses & Units

Experiencing Science XAB080

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


The student contribution amount for this unit is fully subsidised and therefore not payable by the student.


At the completion of this unit students will have covered essential core concepts in three major strands of Science: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics. Through lectures, lab work and writing workshops, students will also develop practical lab skills and report writing skills necessary at introductory level study in science in preparation for the areas of: Health, Engineering, Technology, ICT and general Science.

Topics covered include: atomic structure, conservation laws, stoichiometry, cell biology, genetics, the cardiovascular system, force and the laws of motion.This unit is a good introduction prior to attempting foundation and first year level units from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.


Unit name Experiencing Science
Unit code XAB080
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Pre-Degree

Merran Rogers

Teaching staff

Level Foundation
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2018: $1,148.00 019900

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



Teaching Pattern

Two hours lectures and two hours prac weekly; 1hr science writing workshop (weeks 2-7 only).


2x research reports (25%), online quizzes (25%), practicals (25%), Individual inquiry poster (25%)

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