SCIENCE 3520 - Science Experience
North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code SCIENCE 3520 Course Science Experience Coordinating Unit Sciences General Term Winter 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 N 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 Course Description 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 on discipline-specific issues, develop graduates' knowledge of regional affairs, and gain confidence to work in one of a range of regional environments.
The focus of the student's intellectual attention will be their participation in a group activity influencing a scientific-related system. Students will learn to analyse intercultural experience critically and to develop their ability to communicate and empathise.
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 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
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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
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Learning Activities SummaryStudents 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.
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 Type of assessment 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 Weeks 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 Within three weeks of completion of the experience
Assessment DetailPre 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.
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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