Courses & Units

Understanding Science ZAS112

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast

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
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Science
Coordinator

Christopher Mabin

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 1 On-Campus 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
Term 1 3/2/2020 24/2/2020 31/5/2020 9/4/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the nature and purpose of scientific knowledge and inquiry in society
  2. Apply scientific practice and knowledge to communicate solutions to real world problems
  3. Identify and explain the role of ethical conduct in science
  4. Reflect upon contemporary science and scientific issues

Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 019999

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

Teaching Pattern
  • Lectures online
  • Tutorials 1-2 hours per week
  • Workshops: up to 4 days per term
Assessment

AT1: Personal Response (20%)

AT2: Dissecting Science Reports (30%)

AT3: Portfolio (50%)

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Textbooks

RequiredNone
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