Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2017 academic year.
Building Blocks for Science Students (BSC100)
|School||School of Veterinary and Life Sciences|
|Availability||MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||Now more than ever we look to science to help overcome major challenges facing the world we live in. Approaching science requires an understanding of the scientific method and skills. This unit will facilitate your transition into university and give you the framework of skills you need for lifelong learning including: literacy, numeracy and information technology; the ability to collect, analyse and evaluate information; think clearly, critically and creatively; and discipline-specific skills in scholarly research, communication and ethical practice.|
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||The approach to learning in this unit is to introduce students to science skills through lectures and online presentations and to allow students to practice these skills within tutorials. These skills are further developed through a series of related assessments which bring together a number of skills.|
|Assessment||Assessments are grouped into the following four categories with prescribed weights as shown: Tutorial Participation - (5%); Skills (25%): Scientific Report (40%); and an Examination (30%).
The tutorial mark is based on active participation within the tutorial. The Skills category consists of three sections. The first section assesses basic numeracy skills. The second section assesses critical reading, writing and referencing skills. The final section assesses oral presentation skills. The Report brings together all of the skills developed throughout the unit to analyse and present scientific data. There are two parts. Part A consists of the preliminary sections of the report, with feedback given prior to submitting the entire report for Part B. The final exam brings together and assesses all skills taught within the unit.
|Prerequisites||Enrolment in a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Animal Science, Bachelor of Environmental Management, Bachelor of Environmental Science, Bachelor of Extractive Metallurgy, Bachelor of Forensics, Bachelor of Information Technology Management, Bachelor of Marine Science, Bachelor of Sports Science, Bachelor of Technology in Engineering Technology, or Bachelor of Sustainability.|
|Exclusions||Students who have successfully completed a Foundation Unit (units beginning with FDN) may not enrol in this unit for credit.|
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|