SCIENCE 7550 - Science International Study Tour (PG)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code SCIENCE 7550 Course Science International Study Tour (PG) Coordinating Unit Sciences General Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 52 hours structured learning activities per week for 3 weeks Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Entry into the course is based on GPA, written application and interview Restrictions Students are required to have completed at least 12 units of study Course Description This course consists of an intensive overseas study tour introducing science students to international culture and society and providing an opportunity to visit an overseas partner institution, participate in academic seminars and/or cultural activities.
The course is designed to develop students' skills in observation, reflection, induction, and deduction on discipline-specific issues in an international context, develop graduates' knowledge of international affairs, and gain confidence to work in one of a range of international environments.
The focus of the student's intellectual attention will be her/his participation in a group activity influencing a scientific-related system and conducted outside of Australia. Students will learn to analyse intercultural experience critically and to develop their ability to communicate and empathise in an international context.
As some of the tours are sponsored by specific industry bodies, they may want to be involved in the selection of students. In general, selection will be based on academic record, demonstrated ability to work well in groups and may include involvement in extracurricular activities and alignment to career aspirations.
Course Coordinator: Professor Amanda Able
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1 Critically investigate and identify the elements of a scientific-related system (e.g., the physical, chemical and/or biological characteristics and processes; driving mechanisms, methods of analysis; implementation; management). 2 3 Identify and reflect on the cultural and social context of scientific-related systems in different countries.
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 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 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
1,2 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
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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in an intensive, 3 week, 3 unit course such as this should expect to spend, on average, 52 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required for the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Specific Course Requirements
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe international experience will be undertaken in small groups. Where practical, students will reflect on their experience in small groups and give presentations to other participants, either face to face or in an online environment, as well as debriefing during the tour. In addition, for most tours the pre-departure assessment will be conducted in groups.
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 must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle Yes/No Outcomes being assessed/addressed Approximate Timing of Assessment Pre departure assessment (most done in groups) Formative & Summative 30% No 1,2 Weeks
prior to commencing international experience.
Professional experience Assessment task
(reflective diary, field book or equivalent)
Formative & Summative 40% No 1,2
3 weeks of completion of the experience
Post experience reflection task Formative & Summative 30% No 1,2,3
3 weeks of completion of the experience
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A 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.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
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- Student Life Counselling Support - Personal counselling for issues affecting study
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- Reasonable Adjustments to Teaching & Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy
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