Courses & Units

Understanding Science ZAS112

Introduction

This unit provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the nature of science and scientific knowledge, the methods of science, and the communication of science. You will encounter perspectives on the nature and role of science in society and examine what science is, the importance of science for sustainable development and the role of ethical conduct in scientific endeavour. You will develop and enhance your scientific literacy to a level that will enable informed interpretation and communication of scientific information and an awareness of ethical conduct in scientific disciplines.
This unit also incorporates learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, for you to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs.
You will be introduced to:
- a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice
- principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios
- reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations
- ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry

Summary

Unit name Understanding Science
Unit code ZAS112
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline STEAM
Coordinator Doctor Christopher Mabin
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania

Availability

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

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* 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 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the nature and purpose of scientific knowledge and inquiry in society
  • Communicate solutions to science-based problems
  • Identify and explain the role of ethical conduct in science
  • Reflect upon contemporary science and scientific issues and their impact on your personal and professional development
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 $1,729.00

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Requisites

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

ZAS102

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

Fully online. Online tutorials 1-2 hours per week; online Workshops up to 2 days per semester
 

AssessmentAT3: Portfolio and Reflective Journal (35%)|AT2: Dissecting Science Reports (40%)|AT1: What is Science? (25%)
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Textbooks

Required

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

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