Courses & Units

Understanding Science XPD121



This unit provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the nature of science and the regulatory frameworks and ethics within which scientist’s work. The role of the scientific community, along with its culture, and the role and relevance of science to society are considered. The unit encourages students to consider and develop their understanding of the nature of science along with their responsibilities as a future scientist in their chosen field of science. The unit is offered in blended on-campus mode (on-line lectures with weekly face-to-face tutorials).


Unit name Understanding Science
Unit code XPD121
Credit points 12.5
College/School Academic Division
Discipline University Pathways
Coordinator Shoshanna Rudov-Clark
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Introductory


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  • Plan, conduct and document an experiment following appropriate scientific methodology.
  • Explain why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry.
  • Identify the dominant ethical and regulatory requirements applicable within a single field of science.
  • Define the role and relevance of science for individuals and society.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
019999 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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AssessmentExperiment Design (20%)|Ethics in Science (20%)|Critical Review (20%)|Academic Essay (30%)|Participation (10%)
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