SCIE40018 - Foundation Science
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will enable students with no recent formal education in science to gain the necessary understanding of the basic principles of the major branches of science that will serve as a foundation for entry into relevant courses, such as nursing/health, and related areas. Students will develop study skills in selecting and evaluating scientific information. They will also enhance their knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, physics and related mathematical concepts, and their applications in real-world contexts.

Details

Career Level Non-award
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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
  • Distance

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 Non-award 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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Written Assessment 20%

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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You may wish to view these policies:

  • 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

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

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
Students found the short online videos with use of document camera and the tutorial quizzes beneficial to their study of the unit material. Student feedback Continue best practice with videos, online quizzes and activities to be used in conjuction with the study material for each topic of study in the Unit.
Student concerns with assessment feedback Unit evaluations and student feedback Inform students of the style of feedback that will be provided. A summary of common errors will be provided via forum post/email to students who have submitted assessment.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply a range of study skills to the selection and evaluation of scientific information
  2. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental principles of biology, chemistry and physics and their application in real-world contexts
  3. Demonstrate understanding of basic mathematical concepts as applied to scientific calculations and data

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)  
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Self Management
2. Communication
3. Information Literacy
4. Information Technology Competence
5. Problem Solving
6. Critical Thinking
7. Cross-Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical Practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment    
4 - Written Assessment    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note: All study material for this unit is freely available from the Foundation Science unit Moodle site.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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 CoordinatorLeanne Voss - vossl (l.voss@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

Time planning for effective learning: Learning strategies: Academic and professional writing techniques;Information retrieval; Finding help at CQUniversity; Exam preparation

Topic 1: Developing study skills - the way to success

Week 2 13-03-2017

The number line; Ways to express numbers; Evaluating measurements and results

Topic 2: Understanding numbers - tools of science

Week 3 20-03-2017

Units and conversions; Graphing; Simple algebraic equations

Topic 2: Understanding numbers - tools of science

Online Quiz Assessment based on Topic 2: Understanding numbers - tools of science Due Friday (24 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 4 27-03-2017

What is matter; Building blocks of matter; Bonding

Topic 3: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules

Week 5 03-04-2017

Chemical reactions; Measuring atoms and molecules;Solutions

Topic 3: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Electrolytes; Acids and bases; Organic compounds

Topic 3: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules

Written Assessment based on Topic 3: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

The living organism; Levels of organisation in living systems;Homeostasis; A closer look at the human body

Topic 4: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life

Week 8 01-05-2017

Cell theory; Cell structure and function

Topic 4: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life

Week 9 08-05-2017

Cell structure and function; Types of cells;

Topic 4: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life

Week 10 15-05-2017

Microbes; Genetics and Heredity

Topic 4: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life

Written Assessment based on Topic 4: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life Due Friday (19 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Density; Force; Mass and weight; Pressure; Work

Topic 5: Working with matter - energy and change

Week 12 29-05-2017

Waves: The electromagnetic spectrum: Nuclear radiation

Topic 5: Working with matter - energy and change

Written Assessment based on Topic 5: Working with matter - energy and change Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz Assessment based on Topic 2: Understanding numbers - tools of science
Task Description

This assessment is based on study material presented in Topic 2: Understanding numbers - tools of science.

You are required to apply theory presented in Topic 2 to answer a series of questions relating to numbers and number formats, including fractions, decimals, percentages and scientific notation.

A number of questions have been included to reinforce your understanding of significant figures.

You are also required to perform calculations involving ratios and unit conversions.

The assessment is in the form of an online quiz. The quiz is not timed and you are allowed two attempts. The highest score of the two attempts will be recorded. Note that questions are generated randomly, and you will receive different questions on the second attempt.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 3 Friday (24-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

One mark will be awarded for each question correct answer. No penalty or marks deducted for incorrect answers.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 30% (i.e. 12/40)
Submission Online

Assessment must be completed as an online quiz via moodle

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

1. Apply a range of study skills to the selection and evaluation of scientific information

3. Demonstrate understanding of basic mathematical concepts as applied to scientific calculations and data

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment based on Topic 3: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules
Task Description

This assessment item is based on study material presented in Topic 3: Understanding matter - atoms and molecules.

The assessment item has been designed to both support and consolidate your learning and understanding of the concepts presented in Topic 3 of the study guide and so achieve the unit learning outcomes. The study resources provided contain all the relevant material required to complete the assessment. In addition, you should make use of the correct use of significant figures and basic mathematical concepts presented in Topic 2.

The assessment comprises various question types that will require you to either

  • provide short written answers
  • choose the correct response from a multiple choice format, or
  • perform simple calculations.

All working must be shown.This is to your avantage, as often part marks can be awarded even when the final answer is not correct.

This assessment must be submitted by upload to the Moodle site as a word document.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for each question as indicated on the assessment item. If a question requires calculations, all working must be shown.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 30% (i.e. 18/60)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assessment items must be submitted online through the Moodle site for this Unit. Please complete the assessment item by typing directly into the downloaded assessment item file, saving it and uploading into Moodle. Please submit one file only in Word format.

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

1. Apply a range of study skills to the selection and evaluation of scientific information

2. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental principles of biology, chemistry and physics and their application in real-world contexts

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment based on Topic 4: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life
Task Description

This assessment is based on study material presented in Topic 4: Understanding living things - cells the basis of life.

The assessment item has been designed to both support and consolidate your learning and understanding of the concepts presented in Topic 4 of the study guide and so achieve the unit learning outcomes. The study resources provided contain all the relevant material required to complete the assessment. In addition, you should make use of the correct use of significant figures and basic mathematical concepts presented in Topic 2.

The assessment comprises various question types that will require you to either

  • provide short written answers,
  • perform simple calculations or
  • choose the correct response from a multiple choice format

All working must be shown.This is to your advantage, as often part marks can be awarded even when the final answer is not correct.

This assessment must be submitted by upload to the Moodle site as a word document.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for each question as indicated on the assessment item. If a question requires calculations, all working must be shown.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 30% (i.e. 18/60)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assessment items must be submitted online through the Moodle site for this Unit. Please complete the assessment item by typing directly into the downloaded assessment item file, saving it and uploading into Moodle. Please submit one file only in Word format.

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

1. Apply a range of study skills to the selection and evaluation of scientific information

2. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental principles of biology, chemistry and physics and their application in real-world contexts

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment based on Topic 5: Working with matter - energy and change
Task Description

This assessment is based on study material presented in Topic 5: Working with matter - energy and change.

The assessment item has been designed to both support and consolidate your learning and understanding of the concepts presented in Topic 5 of the study guide and so achieve the unit learning outcomes. The study resources provided contain all the relevant material required to complete the assessment. In addition, you should make use of the correct use of significant figures and basic mathematical concepts presented in Topic 2.

The assessment comprises various question types that will require you to either

  • provide short written answers
  • choose the correct response from a multiple choice format, or
  • perform simple calculations

All working must be shown.This is to your advantage, as often part marks can be awarded even when the final answer is not correct.

This assessment must be submitted by upload to the Moodle site as a word document.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for each question as indicated on the assessment item. If a question requires calculations, all working must be shown.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 30% (i.e. 12/40)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assessment items must be submitted online through the Moodle site for this Unit. Please complete the assessment item by typing directly into the downloaded Word format assessment item file, saving it and uploading into Moodle. Please submit one file only in Word format.

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

1. Apply a range of study skills to the selection and evaluation of scientific information

2. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental principles of biology, chemistry and physics and their application in real-world contexts

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking




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