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Thinking Scientifically (SCIE20001)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Online

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeSCIE20001
Semester 2 - Online
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In this subject students will learn the fundamentals of the methods used in science practice, how to construct and evaluate a scientific argument, and how processes of scientific investigation are applied across the diverse range of scientific disciplines. Contextual examples will be used from current scientific research projects in the Faculty of Science as well as contemporary topical examples that are prominent in the media and public policy arena. The subject will provide an appreciation of the scope of science. It will help develop students’ critical thinking in science both to support and inform choice in their undergraduate program and to appreciate and evaluate science in the wider community context. Students will learn the application of scientific methods and how they are applied across the whole range of scientific disciplines, including the social sciences where appropriate.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand scientific methodology
  • Construct a scientific argument
  • Make a scientific observation and interpretation
  • Understand different modes of scientific writing
  • Appreciate the range of sciences practised across different disciplines
  • Analyse current issues from a scientific perspective

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking and scientific inquiry
  • Written communication
  • Independent land self-motivated learning
  • Learning in an online environment

Last updated: 25 July 2019