SCIENCE 1400 - Science or Fiction I
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code SCIENCE 1400 Course Science or Fiction I Coordinating Unit Sciences General Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible SCIENCE 1101WT, SCIENCE 1100, SCIENCE 1200, SCIENCE 1410, SCIENCE 1420 Restrictions Not available to students studying BSc Advanced Course Description In this course students will question and then explore the accuracy and potential validity of the Science found in movies, television, across a wide range of media formats and more broadly on the internet. Students will develop the skills required for future courses and careers with a focus on; communication to a non-specialist audience using a variety of formats, digital literacy, data interpretation, interdisciplinary collaboration and group investigations. The final section of the course will focus on what are some of the present science controversies.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Andrew MacKinnonCourse Coordinator: Associate Professor Andrew MacKinnon
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe anticipated knowledge, skills and attitudes to be developed by the student in this course are:
1 Locate, access and evaluate scientific concepts 2 Understanding of the process of science and how it is undertaken 3 Research skills (including acquisition and analysis of data and its interpretation) 4 Develop scholarly arguements using scientific evidence 5 Communication skills to scientific and non-scientific audiences 6 Collaborate in small groups to discover knowledge
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)
2, 3, 4, 5 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
1, 2, 3, 4 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
5, 6 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, 3, 5, 6 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
5, 6 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
4, 5, 6
Required ResourcesA mobile device capable of accessing the Univeristy of Adelaide wifi network, e.g. mobile phone
Recommended ResourcesA laptop or tablet with access to the Univeristy of Adelaide wifi network
Online LearningMyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni course page. Communication will be primarily through MyUni announements.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will be delivered by the following means:
- One three-hour compulsory workshop per week
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3-unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Module Weeks Assessment Value Science of Science Fiction 1-4 20% How to be a good scientist 5-9 40% Scientific Controversies 10-12 40%
Specific Course RequirementsA mobile device capable of accessing the Univeristy of Adelaide wifi network, e.g. mobile phone
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe Small Group Discovery Experience in SCIENCE 1400 is primarily centered on hands-on, active participation of students. Because the main objective is for students to experience research activities and differentiate fact from fiction in science, the course focuses on a formal collaboration between students and instructors. The collaborative effort will result in a series of assignments assessed for formative and summative purposes.
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 Tasks Assessment Type Percentage of Total Assessment Hurdles
Yes or No
Learning Outcomes Assessed Hypothesis Formative/Sumative 5 No 1, 2, 5, 6 Refined Hypothesis and Justification Formative/Sumative 5 No 1, 2, 5, 6 Movie Review Formative/Sumative 10 No 1, 4, 5 Literature Review Formative/Sumative 10 No 1, 2, 3, 5 Experiment Report Formative/Sumative 30 No 1-6 Science Controversy Formative/Sumative 40 No 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
Assessment DetailSee MyUni for further details
SubmissionSubmission of assessment tasks
Details of submission requirements for each piece of assigned work will be made available on MyUni. Some tasks may require submission through Turnitin (http://www.turnitin.com).
Return of assessed work
Work that has been assessed will be returned in class (where this is a practical). Work which is not returned in class can be collected from the Faculty of Sciences Office.
Extension for Assessment Tasks
Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current/ (see under ‘Forms for Students’).
Late submission of assessments
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. Penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
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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