BIG IDEAS IN SCIENCE: LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING

SCI1LUE

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

What happened during the first microseconds of the universe? Why is the cosmos filled with galaxies, stars and planets? How did that lead to life on earth? How do we know what happened and when? Why is all life built from cells using information in DNA? Why does it matter? How does this tie into cutting-edge research at La Trobe and internationally? The big ideas of science are a set of cross-cutting concepts that are fundamental to our understanding of the world around us - and how science works. In this subject, you will be introduced to these concepts, which link seemingly different phenomena via fundamental principles and laws of nature and form the basis of the major scientific disciplines. Using cutting-edge research as examples, you will see how scientific evidence is produced, and how that can lead to controversy, conflict - and scientific progress.

SchoolCollege PVC (SHE) Office

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply basic understanding of big ideas in science across a range of disciplines
02. Illustrate how scientific knowledge is generated and used
03. Reflect on the social nature of science, ethics in science, and scientific progress.
04. Communicate basic scientific ideas clearly in written and oral formats
05. Work independently and collaboratively in teams
06. Demonstrate academic integrity by appropriately acknowledging sources of information

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Albury-Wodonga, 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Research Task Part A: Annotated bibliography plus statement of problem (750 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
Research Task Part B: Research Essay (2000 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One 20-minute Team Oral Presentation (equivalent to 5 minutes per student) 500 words equivalent/student Groups will typically be composed of 4-6 studentsN/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One Reflective Logbook (1000 words equivalent) Students will reflect on their developing understanding of science, the scientific process and the development of their academic literacy skills.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Research Task Part A: Annotated bibliography plus statement of problem (750 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
Research Task Part B: Research Essay (2000 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One 20-minute Team Oral Presentation (equivalent to 5 minutes per student) 500 words equivalent/student Groups will typically be composed of 4-6 studentsN/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One Reflective Logbook (1000 words equivalent) Students will reflect on their developing understanding of science, the scientific process and the development of their academic literacy skills.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Research Task Part A: Annotated bibliography plus statement of problem (750 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
Research Task Part B: Research Essay (2000 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One 20-minute Team Oral Presentation (equivalent to 5 minutes per student) 500 words equivalent/student Groups will typically be composed of 4-6 studentsN/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One Reflective Logbook (1000 words equivalent) Students will reflect on their developing understanding of science, the scientific process and the development of their academic literacy skills.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Workshops via Zoom

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Research Task Part A: Annotated bibliography plus statement of problem (750 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
Research Task Part B: Research Essay (2000 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One 20-minute Team Oral Presentation (equivalent to 5 minutes per student) 500 words equivalent/student Groups will typically be composed of 4-6 studentsN/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One Reflective Logbook (1000 words equivalent) Students will reflect on their developing understanding of science, the scientific process and the development of their academic literacy skills.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5