SCI2015: Scientific practice and communication (advanced)

General Unit Information

This unit prepares you for scientific research by providing practical and theoretical training in planning, undertaking and documenting scientific research projects. You will examine the core elements of modern science by looking back at the people, cultures, events and discoveries that allowed science to emerge and contribute to the establishment of key concepts such as empiricism, scepticism and rationalism. This unit will equip you with skills to assess the validity of scientific information, to distinguish between real science, bad science and pseudoscience. The value of science in solving real world issues and improving the human condition are discussed using current examples. You are exposed to recent advances in current and emerging research areas through journal presentations. You will complete assignments that will help improve their written and verbal communication to a range of audiences including scientists, politicians, granting agencies, the general public and scientifically literate generalists, and identifies pathways to becoming a scientific researcher. You are encouraged to submit your scientific literature reviews for publication in Reinvention, a Journal for Undergraduate Research.

Mode of delivery

Clayton (On-campus)

Teaching approaches

Each week in SCI2015 will be split into Discovery, Exploration and Reflection.

Discovery refers to the pre-class online student centred learning (~ 2hrs) that you will need to do before coming to your weekly class. This will arm you with the knowledge you need to complete the activities within your weekly class. This will take the form of videos, readings and interactive activities.

Exploration refers to the weekly 2 hr face to face tutorial . This will build on the exploration with students completing active solo or group-based activities.

Reflection refers to the post-class online student centred learning (~ 2hrs) that you will complete after your class to consolidate your weeks learning. This will take the form of a quiz, videos, readings and interactive activities.

Specific Unit Information

Unit Coordinators
Names Dr Bronwyn Isaac
Office25 Rainforest Walk, Room 118, Clayton Campus
Office HoursMon - Fri (by appointment)
Phone(03) 9905 3641
Senior Teaching Staff
NamesDr Brian Kearney
Office25 Rainforest Walk, Room 117, Clayton Campus
Office Hours Mon - Fri (by appointment)
Phone (03) 99054928
Teaching Technical Coordinators
Names Agneetha Amarnath
Office25 Rainforest Walk, Room 114, Clayton Campus
Office HoursMon - Fri (by appointment)
Phone (03) 99055907
Program for 2020
University Handbook Entry SCI2015 - Synopsis, Assessment & Prerequisites
Schedule SCI2015 - Timetable of Topics 2020
Important Links
Science Faculty Information for Current Students
University Information for Students - Timetables, Exam, Semester Dates, more.....