Courses & Units

Experiencing Science XAB080


In this unit you will develop the skills needed to work in academic lab settings and carry out experiments in a safe, ethical and responsible way. Through a range of learning activities, you will explore basic concepts in various sciences to complete experiments performed in labs. The focus will be on building report writing skills via a series of workshops and assessment tasks that call for an increased ability to communicate experiment results in a written format. You will also explore ethical considerations of conducting and reporting on scientific research.


Unit name Experiencing Science
Unit code XAB080
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline Pre-Degree
Coordinator Doctor David Vender|Ms Florence Ko
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Foundation


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 Off-Campus Domestic Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus Domestic Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use science inquiry skills to conduct experiments
  • Evaluate and analyse data using appropriate skills and techniques
  • Reflect on learning practices to improve science communication
  • Communicate fundamental scientific concepts in writing

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
019900 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

2 hour weekly workshops

4 x 3-hour laboratory classes

AssessmentOnline Lab books (40%)|Skills Report (20%)|Full Report (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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