NATS 0004 Academic Skills for Science (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 900101

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Description This subject is designed to assist students to become successful independent reflective learners. It introduces students to a range of theories and concepts to facilitate the development of practical skills and personal attitudes necessary for success in tertiary study. Emphasis is placed on developing the key competencies of scientific enquiry - collecting, analysing, organising and communicating information as well as solving problems, particularly when related to using mathematical ideas and techniques.

School Western Sydney The College

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject

Equivalent Subjects NATS 0003 - Academic Skills for Science (UWSCFS)


Students must be enrolled in a Foundation Studies program at The College.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Use both independent and collaborative learning strategies to advance the knowledge of the individual and that of their peers
  2. Communicate effectively through the development of critical reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in context
  3. Locate and use information technology systems and educational technologies to support learning and assessment
  4. Apply critical thinking, and use problem solving skills and research skills, to make informed decisions
  5. Apply the process of reflection to learning experiences, in order to assess their own learning styles and �elearn how to learn�f.
  6. Describe criteria for successful posters and oral presentations and write and evaluate a scientific report.

Subject Content

Topic 1: Introduction to tertiary study
Topic 2: Blended learning
Topic 3: Advanced tertiary skills
Topic 4: Information skills
Topic 5: Research methods for science and engineering:
- Introduction to scientific methods
- Scientific report writing
- Data handling
- Critical reading
- Research and referencing (journal articles)
- Project report


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Presentation 5 mins 10 N Individual
Reflection x 3 200 words each 30 N Individual
Report Part A: Background research related to assigned data : Draft hypothesis, aim – 10% Part B: Data analysis and proposed methodology – 10% Part C – Final report – 40% 1000-1200 words 60 N Individual

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