NATS 0007 Fundamentals of Science (WSTC Prep)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700231

Coordinator Phillip Newman Opens in new window

Description In its broadest sense, science is an evolving body of skills, theories and knowledge about the nature of the world, based on observation, measurement and experiment. In order to begin participating in tertiary science studies, students require a fundamental toolkit of scientific literacy that includes key concepts, language, and skills. This unit provides an overview of, and grounding in, fundamental scientific concepts including the nature of matter and energy, and the flow of energy and cycling of matter through key processes in the biosphere. Integrating these concepts within a framework of a contemporary issue, climate change, enables students to build skills in applying scientific concepts, methods and problem-solving techniques, as well as furthering an understanding of interrelationships between science and other aspects of society. The unit imparts a basic body of essential scientific knowledge, as well as facilitating skills in collecting and analysing information and writing coherent explanations within a scientific framework.

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 0008 - Fundamentals of Science (WSTC)

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Solve real life problems involving mathematical concepts and construct appropriate graphs, charts and tables and interpret them.
  2. Extract information from written text, graphs and tables and critically evaluate this information and evidence.
  3. Describe the structure of the atom and relate this to the formation of molecules and ions.
  4. Identify chemical compounds which make up organisms and classify organic molecules according to the arrangement of the chemical bonds.
  5. Describe energy changes in chemical reactions and identify and explain chemical reactions important in the environment.
  6. Explain the role of living systems in the cycling of matter and flow of energy.
  7. Apply the principles of the Scientific Method to solving problems in science and assesses conclusions in relation to evidence and sources.

Subject Content

Topic 1: Basic Mathematical Operations and Data Handling
- Basic mathematical operations with whole numbers, decimals and fractions
- Ratio, rates and percentages
- Graphing and Data handling
- Basic Statistics
Topic 2: Simple and Complex Substances
- Atomic structure and the periodic table
- Molecules and Ions
- Solutions
Topic 3: Biologically Important Molecules
- Organic molecules and functional groups
- Carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins
- Acids, Bases, Salts and Buffers
Topic 4: Chemical Reactions and Energy
- Types of reactions- acid/base, redox, combustion
- Energy changes and stability
- Enthalpy, bond energy and Hesss Law
Topic 5: Biochemical Reactions and Energy
- Living systems as open systems: flow of energy and cycling of matter in the biosphere
- Uphill or downhill? Energy-consuming and energy-producing reactions
- ATP as the link between energy-consuming and energy-producing reactions
- Two great global cycles: photosynthesis and cellular respiration
Topic 6: Applying Concepts: Global Climate Change
- Regulation of average global temperature by greenhouse gases
- Planetary homeostasis: the role of living systems in global temperature regulation
- Carbon and hydrological cycle
- Evidence for and impacts of human-induced global warming
- Reconstructing the past: The Permian extinction event
Topic 1: Basic Mathematical Operations and Data Handling
- Basic mathematical operations with whole numbers, decimals and fractions
- Ratio, rates and percentages
- Graphing and Data handling
- Basic Statistics
Topic 2: Simple and Complex Substances
- Atomic structure and the periodic table
- Molecules and Ions
- Solutions
Topic 3: Biologically Important Molecules
- Organic molecules and functional groups
- Carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins
- Acids, Bases, Salts and Buffers
Topic 4: Chemical Reactions and Energy
- Types of reactions- acid/base, redox, combustion
- Energy changes and stability
- Enthalpy, bond energy and Hess?fs Law
Topic 5: Biochemical Reactions and Energy
- Living systems as open systems: flow of energy and cycling of matter in the biosphere
- Uphill or downhill? Energy-consuming and energy-producing reactions
- ATP as the link between energy-consuming and energy-producing reactions
- Two great global cycles: photosynthesis and cellular respiration
Topic 6: Applying Concepts: Global Climate Change
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Assessment

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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Intra-session exam 1 hour 10 N Individual
Short Answer Take home open book exam 1 hour and 30 minutes 20 N Individual
Portfolio 1,500 words 40 N Individual
End-ofsession Exam 2 hours and 20 minutes 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • The College Fundamentals of Science Student Workbook
  • The College Fundamentals of Science Laboratory Manual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Phillip Newman Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Phillip Newman Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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