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
|Unit name||Understanding Science|
|College/School||College of Business & Economics
|Coordinator||Doctor Christopher Mabin|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
|Cradle Coast||Semester 1||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- 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|
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4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.
Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:ZAS102
Fully online. Online tutorials 1-2 hours per week; online Workshops up to 2 days per semester
|Assessment||AT3: Portfolio and Reflective Journal (35%)|AT2: Dissecting Science Reports (40%)|AT1: What is Science? (25%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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