NATS 0004 Academic Skills for Science (WSTC)
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 900101
Coordinator Phillip Newman Opens in new window
Description This unit 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
Discipline Natural and Physical Sciences, Not Elsewhere Classified.
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)
Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a Foundation Studies program at The College.
- Use both independent and collaborative learning strategies to advance the knowledge of the individual and that of their peers
- Communicate effectively through the development of critical reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in context
- Locate and use information technology systems and educational technologies to support learning and assessment
- Apply critical thinking, and use problem solving skills and research skills, to make informed decisions
- Apply the process of reflection to learning experiences, in order to assess their own learning styles and �elearn how to learn�f.
- Describe criteria for successful posters and oral presentations and write and evaluate a scientific report.
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.
|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|