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Unit description

This discipline unit surveys science and technology and its place in contemporary society. This unit puts an emphasis upon the science and technology that relates to everyday experience. Focuses on interpretations and implications and processes of science and technology.

Unit content

Topics

  • Broad and critical knowledge and understanding of the academic discipline of science and the academic discipline of technology, including recent theory and practice 
  • Current and emerging concepts related to the nature and role of science and technology, including:
    • the science process of working scientifically (scientific inquiry, science as a human endeavour)
    • the technology process of working technologically and designing and making
  • Knowledge and understanding (Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour)
    • Natural environment
    • Made environment

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the nature and content of science and technology in contemporary societyIntellectual rigourLifelong learningCultural competence
2use and analyse the processes of ‘working scientifically’ and ‘working technologically’ (the design process)Intellectual rigourCommunication and social skills
3elicit and identify common alternative conceptions associated with science content and common views of science/technology and scientists/technologistsIntellectual rigour
4compare personal and sociocultural constructivist views of learning science and technology with other perspectives Intellectual rigourCreativityCommunication and social skills
5clearly articulate accepted scientific conceptions related to key concepts/phenomena/events relevant and appropriate to the science and technology content studied this session critically reflect on their own science and technology learning in relation to their discipline knowledge.Intellectual rigourCreativity
6demonstrate skills in personal, academic and disciplinary literaciesIntellectual rigourLifelong learningCommunication and social skills

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

  1. describe the nature and content of science and technology in contemporary society
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. use and analyse the processes of ‘working scientifically’ and ‘working technologically’ (the design process)
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. elicit and identify common alternative conceptions associated with science content and common views of science/technology and scientists/technologists
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. compare personal and sociocultural constructivist views of learning science and technology with other perspectives
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. clearly articulate accepted scientific conceptions related to key concepts/phenomena/events relevant and appropriate to the science and technology content studied this session critically reflect on their own science and technology learning in relation to their discipline knowledge.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  6. demonstrate skills in personal, academic and disciplinary literacies
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. 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 study session.

Fee information

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