EDUC 1006 - Science for University A
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code EDUC 1006 Course Science for University A Coordinating Unit School of Education Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 36 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions This class is only open for students in the University Preparatory Program or Wilto Yerlo Preparatory Program. Course Description This course offers students of both 'Preparation for University Program' and 'The Wirltu Yarlu University Preparatory Program' the opportunity to advance their science skills in preparation for future university study in a variety of disciplines such as health sciences, engineering and applied science.
The aim of this course is for students to learn and understand scientific concepts and theories and apply this knowledge to real-world contexts. Students will also gain an understanding of the scientific process and learn to interpret and write scientific papers. The course will cover some of the fundamental theories and concepts in physics and biology, including Newton?s laws and the genetic code.
Students will be assessed on conducting an experiment and writing a scientific report as well as their understanding of some key concepts and theories in physics and biology.
On completion of this course, it is expected for students to be able to collect and present data, critically evaluate scientific papers and apply scientific theories and concepts to a range of real life situations.
Course Coordinator: Dr Chad HabelLecturer-in-charge/tutor: Lucy Andrew
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students should be able to
1. Learn and understand concepts in science (physics and biology) and apply these concepts to real-world observations;
2. Understand the scientific process, conduct experiments and write scientific reports;
3. Work with other students to construct a complex machine and explain the scientific principals involved;
4. Source and interpret scientific articles;
5. Discuss and critique scientific research.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2, 3, 4, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1, 3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2, 3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesReadings will be distributed in class and on MyUni as required.
Recommended ResourcesPlease see MyUni for details.
Online LearningThis course will use MyUni for the provision of course materials, the submission of student assignments, and the facilitation of discussions through discussion boards.
MyUni will also be used for essential communication including via email, so please check your University email regularly (at least three times a week). If you have a smartphone it is strongly recommended that you set up your email on it for easy and regular access to your University email. For guidance
on how to do this, visit:
Remember, the most useful portal for all University online activities is Unified:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be comprised of interactive lectures (one hour per week) and tutorials (two hours per week).
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1 hour lecture per week 12 hours 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week 24 hours 9 hour reading/private study per week (x12) 108 hours Total 142 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic 1 What is Science? Forces; Experiments 2 Forces and Simple Machines 3 Forces and Rube Goldberg machines 4 Energy 5 Electromagnetic waves; sound waves 6 Forces, energy and the Universe Mid-semester break 7 Introduction to Biology 8 The genetic code 9 Cells 10 Evolution 11 Vertebrates 12 Life so far... 13 Biology Test (no lecture)
For clarification on which dates correspond to which weeks, please visit:
Specific Course RequirementsTo pass this course, students must attend at least 75% of tutorials; in cases of absence for medical or compassionate reasons, documentation must be provided and students must still attend at least 50% of classes. If students fail to attend the minimum required number of tutorials, they will be considered to have not completed an assignment (see below).
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe University of Adelaide has committed to a pedagogical approach termed the “Small Group Discovery Experience”, indicating that the SHDE will be a core component in a credit-bearing course of every undergraduate program, and that it will be part of every first-year level from 2014. Since the UPP is not an award-based program, it is not strictly required to include an SGDE in the UPP.
However, since the UPP is designed to prepare students for first-year study, and the SGDE will be a core component of all first-year study, it is important for the UPP to provide some preparation in Small Group Discovery. These should be of a scaffolded, preparatory nature as befits each course within the program, and the philosophy and program objectives of the UPP. The Program has been designed to include preparation for small group work and research activity in many of its courses.
More specifically, this course aims to prepare students for their small-group discovery experience by introducing them to scientific articles and discussion of scientific concepts and arguments, and by having students build a simple machine that demonstrates key concepts in physics.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Participation in lectures and tutorials Formative
10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Video Presentation on Rube Goldberg Machine (approx. 1-2 minutes per person) Formative RGM Blog, week 4 Non-graded 1, 3 Experiment
Summative Friday, week 6 25% 1, 2, 4, 5 Physics Test Summative In class (tutorial), week 7 20% 1, 2, 4, 5 Biology assignment: Creature Features
Summative Friday, week 12 25% 1 Biology Test Summative In class (tutorial), week 13 20% 1
Assessment Related RequirementsPlease see MyUni for details.
Assessment DetailPlease see MyUni for details.
SubmissionPlease see MyUni for details.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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