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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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1describe the nature and content of science and technology in contemporary society
2use and analyse the processes of ‘working scientifically’ and ‘working technologically’ (the design process)
3elicit and identify common alternative conceptions associated with science content and common views of science/technology and scientists/technologists
4compare personal and sociocultural constructivist views of learning science and technology with other perspectives
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.
6demonstrate skills in personal, academic and disciplinary literacies

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

  1. describe the nature and content of science and technology in contemporary society
  2. use and analyse the processes of ‘working scientifically’ and ‘working technologically’ (the design process)
  3. elicit and identify common alternative conceptions associated with science content and common views of science/technology and scientists/technologists
  4. compare personal and sociocultural constructivist views of learning science and technology with other perspectives
  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.
  6. demonstrate skills in personal, academic and disciplinary literacies

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (9 weeks)
Structured online learning 30 minutes (10 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (1 week)
Assessment
Biography25%
Report40%
Quiz35%

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (9 weeks)
Structured online learning 30 minutes (10 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (1 week)
Assessment
Biography25%
Report40%
Quiz35%

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (9 weeks)
Structured online learning 30 minutes (10 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (1 week)
Assessment
Biography25%
Report40%
Quiz35%

Teaching method
Workshop on-site (once)
Tutorial online 2 hour (6 weeks)
Structured online learning 30 minutes (8 weeks)
Assessment
Biography25%
Report40%
Quiz35%
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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