SCIE11022 - Introductory Science
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

On successful completion of this unit, students will have a sound understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of physical and chemical sciences, with particular reference to applied health. Students must attend a compulsory residential school or on-campus lab classes in order to achieve the leaning outcomes.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 15%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 15%
4. On-campus Activity Pass/Fail
5. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
It was difficult to keep track of student registration(or lack of) for residential school choice. staff A choice option will be included in the Moodle site in future offerings. This will clearly indicate to both staff and students, the registration for residential school options.
More tutorial questions will be developed staff Additional tutorial questions will be developed for all units of the course. This will assist in application of principles presented in the course.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and the writing of reports
  2. Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health
  3. Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health
  4. Conduct practical procedures relevant to applied health

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment    
4 - Examination  
5 - On-campus Activity

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving        
3. Critical Thinking      
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment        
4 - Examination      
5 - On-campus Activity        

Corrections

Date Updated Information
07-Mar-2017 20:49
  • Under Schedule, Events and Submissions, for Week 5:

Currently reads: Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 1: Bundaberg Campus Thursday 7th - Friday 8th April, 2016

Short Answer Questions Due Tuesday (04 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST

Change to: Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 1: Bundaberg Campus Thursday 6th - Friday 7th April, 2017

Short Answer Questions Due Tuesday (04 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST

  • Under Schedule, Events and Submissions, for Week 6:

Currently reads:Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 2: Rockhampton Campus Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th April, 2016

Change to: Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 2: Rockhampton Campus Tuesday18th - Wednesday 19th April, 2017

  • Under Schedule, Events and Submissions, for Week 7:

Currently reads: Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 3: Rockhampton Campus Tuesday 26th - Wednesday 27th April, 2016.

Change to: Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 3: Rockhampton Campus Wednesday 26th - Thursday 27th April, 2017

  • Under Schedule, Events and Submissions, for Week 9:

Currently reads: Post Laboratory Quiz Due Friday (13 May 16) 11:45 PM AEST

Change to: Post Laboratory Quiz Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorShaneel Chandra (s.chandra@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Matter: the elements and atomic structure

Module 1

Week 2 13-03-2017

Compounds: Molecules and their chemical bonds

Module 2

Week 3 20-03-2017

Understanding chemical reactions

Module 3

Week 4 27-03-2017

Presenting data: numbers, units and graphs

Module 4

Week 5 03-04-2017

Solutions: Composition and concentration

Module 5

Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 1: Bundaberg Campus Thursday 7th - Friday 8th April, 2016

Short Answer Questions Due Tuesday (04 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Electrolytes, acids, bases and buffers

Module 6

Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 2: Rockhampton Campus Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th April, 2016


Week 7 24-04-2017

Gases and their behaviour

Module 7

Compulsory Residential School and Submission of Scientific Report - Option 3: Rockhampton Campus Tuesday 26th - Wednesday 27th April, 2016.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Climate and weather

Module 8


Week 9 08-05-2017

An introduction to organic chemistry

Module 9

Post Laboratory Quiz Due Friday (13 May 16) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

The water cycle and the carbon cycle

Modules 10 and 11

Week 11 22-05-2017

Waves, sight and sound, and nuclear radiation

Module 12 and 13

Mulitple Choice Quiz Due Friday (26 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Geology and erosion

Module 14

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Short Answer Questions
Task Description

This assessment will aid your comprehension of the concepts presented in Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 of this course. This assessment requires you to study the material in modules 1 to 4 of Introductory Science and apply the concepts presented to provide short answers to a series of questions. You must provide explanations for each of your answers.

Your response to this assessment should be made in electronic format, as a single Word document, and should be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions. Note; that all submissions are processed through the similarity detection software (called Turnitin). You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.


Assessment Due Date Week 5 Tuesday (04-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017)
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for each question as indicated on the assessment item. Explanations for each of your answers must be provided. If questions require calculations all working must be shown.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 20%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

You must submit the assessment by uploading a single word document ( ie .doc or .docx) through the moodle site. Mac users should ensure that the file name has '.doc' or '.docx' for word files. This will ensure that you are able to upload into moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and the writing of reports

2. Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health

3. Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Scientific report and post laboratory quiz
Task Description

Residential School and submission of scientific report

You are required to attend and participate in all laboratory classes at one (1) of three (3) Residential Schools offered during the term for this course. You must nominate which residential school you will attend via the student allocator/timetabling system.

This assessment is designed to develop laboratory skills, in addition to observational, data collection, communication and written skills. A laboratory workbook should be completed as the laboratory procedures are undertaken.

Part A of this assessment requires you to complete a scienitific report of a nominated experiment during the allocated class time. The report is to be submitted before completion of the final day of Residential School.

Part B of this assessment requires you to complete a short online quiz based on laboratory exercises and workbook entries.

Assessment Due Date The scientific report must be submitted on final day of Residential School. The post laboratory quiz must be completed by end of week 9 (Friday May 13 11:45 AEST)
Return Date to Students All marks for this assessment will be finalised and reports returned to students before the end of week 12. Please note that reports cannot be returned to students until after the final residential school option.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment item has a total weighting of 20% comprised of

Attendance and Participation (pass/fail)

A pass/fail grade will be awarded for attendance and participation at the residential school/laboratory sessions.

Part A. Completion and submission of a scientific report (15%).

The scientific report must be written using the guidelines provided in the Laboratory information, workbook and report guidelines document.

The report should demonstrate:

  • effective communiciation skills and adherence to report guidelines provided
  • accurate recording of experimental data
  • evidence of critical thinking and problem solving skills with application to data interpretation and calculations
  • appreciation of significant figures and demonstrated competency in chemical calculations
  • correct presentation of structures, diagrams, equations and nomenclature
  • drawing and labelling of graphs and the ability to interpolate and extrapolate off graphs
  • accuracy of results
  • ability to discuss chemical principles and experimental results.

Part B. Completion of post laboratory quiz (5%)

  • The post laboratory quiz will consist of multiple choice or short answer questions. All questions are of equal weighting. One mark will be awarded for each correct response. Incorrect responses will not incur penalty.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 20%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Scientific reports are to be handed to Laboratory Supervisor on final day of Residential School.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and the writing of reports

2. Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health

3. Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health

4. Conduct practical procedures relevant to applied health

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Mulitple Choice Quiz
Task Description

This assessment will aid your comprehension of the concepts presented in Modules 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of this course. This assessment requires you to study the material in modules 5 to 9 of Introductory Science and apply the concepts presented to answer a series of multiple choice questions.

This assessment is in the form of an online quiz which is comprised of 30 multiple-choice questions.

(Total of 30 questions - each question worth 1 mark).

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

All questions are of equal weighting. One mark awarded for each correct response. Incorrect responses incur no penalty.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 20%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health

3. Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



5 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title On-campus Activity
Task Description

This assessment requires your attendance at the compulsory two day residential school for this course. You must select to attend one only of the three available Residential schools offered on either Bundaberg (1 option) or Rockhampton (2 options) Campuses. Your selection can be made through the student allocator / timetable system on MyCQU.

Assessment Due Date Available residential school options: April 7 & 8 (Bundaberg); April 18 & 19 (Rockhampton); April 26 & 27 (Rockhampton)
Return Date to Students A Pass/Fail grade will be recorded for this assessment following attendance at the Residential School.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

You are required to attend and participate in all laboratory exercises scheduled for a 2 day residential school. Sessions commence at 8.30 am and conclude with the completion of the practical exercises scheduled for each day (approximately 5 pm).

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

Student attendance at the Residential School will be confirmed through daily roll calls.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and the writing of reports

2. Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health

3. Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health

4. Conduct practical procedures relevant to applied health

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the concepts of scientific measurement to the presentation of quantitative data and the writing of reports

2. Explain the basic physical principles associated with matter and energy with particular reference to applied health

3. Explain the basic chemical principles relating to atoms and molecules, solutions, pH chemical bonding and reactions with particular reference to applied health

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence


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