SCIENCE 3520 - Science Experience III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

This course consists of an intensive study tour or virtual experience introducing science students to culture and society and providing an opportunity to visit a partner institution, participate in academic seminars and/or cultural activities. The course is designed to develop students' skills in observation, reflection, induction, and deduction of discipline-specific issues, develop graduates' knowledge of regional affairs, and gain confidence to work in one of a range of regional environments. 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SCIENCE 3520
    Course Science Experience III
    Coordinating Unit Sciences General
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 52 hours structured learning activities per week for 3 week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Entry into the course is based on GPA, written application and interview
    Restrictions Students are required to have completed at least 36 units of study
    Assessment Pre-experience assessment, professional experience assessment task (reflective diary, field book or equivalent and post experience reflection task)
    Course Staff

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    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    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.  Analyse current scientific practices and suggest alternative methods of analysis, experimental design, and/or management/implementation.
    3.  Identify and reflect on the cultural and social context of scientific-related systems in different locations and/or industries.
    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
    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
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will be required to undertake compulsory pre-experience activities and assessment, such as completion of online interactive material, or analysis of scenarios and case studies. Students will negotiate a suitable assessment task to be submitted after their experience as well as reflect on their own experiences and experiences of other participants.

    Where practical, the assessment should include recommendations or some outcome for addressing issues they encounter during their experience that would be of benefit to the host community/industry.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Type of assessment (formative/summative) Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle Course Learning Outcomes being assessed Approximate timing of assessment
    Pre-experience assessment Formative & summative 30% No 1, 2 Week prior to commencing experience
    Professional experience assessment task (reflective diary, field book or equivalent) Formative & summative 30% No 1, 2 Within three weeks of completion of the experience
    Post experience report Formative & summative 40% No 1, 2, 3 Witihn three weeks of completion of the experience
    Assessment Detail
    Pre experience case studies and activities (30%): This will be developed as appropriate for the experience and could include case studies.

    Students would be required to assess and understand social and cultural context of those case studies. This activity could be conducted in small groups/individually and aims to prepare the student for the experience..

    Professional experience assessment task (30%)

    The primary assessment task will be developed as appropriate for the experience. For tours, this would usually include a reflective diary or field book to be completed during the experience. This would be approximately 2000 words and will also include a synthesis and summary of up to 400 words.

    Post experience report (40%)

    Students will choose a topic related to the experience that they wish to research further, seek approval from the experience coordinator and then write an essay on the topic. Students would be required to consider the social and cultural context of the topic and include reflections from their experience (approximately 3000 words).

    Students are encouraged to present and share their experience to other course participants in face to face presentation or using an online forum – eg blog or videoed presentation.

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    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 ( 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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