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Unit description

Introduces students to the nature of science through four core scientific disciplines: chemistry, physics, biology and geology. Students analyse and in some instances solve problems in real-world contexts involving scientific observation, measurement and experimentation. 

Unit content

Topic 1: The nature of science and inquiry:

  • Measurement
  • Observations
  • Experimentation

Topic 2: Physics:

  • Forces and motion
  • Work, energy and power

Topic 3: Chemistry:

  • Atomic Structure
  • Elements and molecules
  • Equations and reactions

Topic 4 : Biology:

  • Cells
  • Organism
  • Physiology

Topic 5: Geology:

  • Minerals
  • Rocks
  • Land formation

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1communicate an understanding of the nature of science.
2demonstrate an understanding of key concepts across four broad scientific disciplines.
3apply analytical and problem solving skills in defined scientific contexts.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. communicate an understanding of the nature of science.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of key concepts across four broad scientific disciplines.
  3. apply analytical and problem solving skills in defined scientific contexts.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

Fee information

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