NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 300811

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Description This subject is designed to provide students with scientific literacy, personal and employability skills and attitudes required to successfully undertake science-related undergraduate studies and to prepare for professional life. Students learn, develop and utilise academic and interpersonal methodologies and approaches within the context of applied scientific principles and take responsibility for their own learning and develop a work ethic. Students are introduced to the contestable and uncertain nature of science and the scientific method that underpins academic integrity and ethical behaviour. Activities encourage development of oral and written communication skills, self-confidence, self-efficacy, creative and critical thinking through problem solving, group process, and peer support and assessment. Academic and employability skills include scientific reading and writing, time management, researching scientific information and library skills, oral presentation, taking tests and exams, effective personal and group based learning strategies, and approaches to online learning.

School Science

Discipline Natural and Physical Sciences, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects NATS 1018 - Professional Skills for Science NATS 1020 - Scientific Literacy (WSTC)

Assumed Knowledge

Basic literacy and numeracy.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Communicate effectively through a written report that meets the professional standards of scientific discipline
  2. Present a structured argument confidently in front of peers, as audience, and assessors
  3. Apply the processes of thinking and writing reflectively to develop the ability of reflecting on their learning
  4. Develop an understanding of the skills and attitudes required for group work interactions
  5. Apply critical thinking to make informed decisions

Subject Content

1. How to Succeed at University 
2. Academic Research: Finding, Assessing, and Referencing Information 
3. Writing for Scientists 
4. Public Speaking for Scientists 
5. Science is Empirical 
6. Science is Non-Linear 
7. Science is Inductive 
8. Science is Falsifiable 
9. Academic Integrity and Ethics

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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 10 minutes per lecture 10 N Individual
Log/Workbook Part of each tutorial 10 N Group
Presentation Six minutes 25 N Individual
Report 1,500 words 25 N Individual
Multiple Choice 60 minutes 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Zeegers, P, Deller-Evans, K, Egeege, S and Klinger, C 2011, Essential skills for science and technology, Oxford University Press, Melbourne. (Provided online)
  • subject resource document - written by the development team

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)

Campbelltown

On-site

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Hawkesbury

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

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Spring (2024)

Campbelltown

Hybrid

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Hawkesbury

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

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Surabaya Semester 1 (2024)

Surabaya

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