BIG IDEAS IN SCIENCE: LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING

SCI1LUE

2020

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-ordinatorRyan Naylor

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply basic understanding of big ideas in science across a range of disciplines

Activities:
Research essay and reflective logbooks. Students will build and demonstrate knowledge through accessing online resources, workshop discussions and weekly tests
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Illustrate how scientific knowledge is generated and used

Activities:
Research essay, group presentation and reflective logbook. Students will discuss in groups and reflect independently on the social and evidential process of science, using the big ideas as case studies
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Reflect on the social nature of science, ethics in science, and scientific progress.

Activities:
Research essay, group presentation and reflective logbook. Students will learn through problem-solving in workshop activities and assessment tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Communicate basic scientific ideas clearly in written and oral formats

Activities:
Research essay and group presentation. Students will undertake a systematic literature search, critically review a scientific idea and its evidence, and communicate those findings in written and oral forms.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

05. Work independently and collaboratively in teams

Activities:
Students will work in groups and independently to produce assessment tasks and workshop activities. Study skills will be explicitly taught in workshops, and reflection and progress examined in the reflective logbook
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

06. Demonstrate academic integrity by appropriately acknowledging sources of information

Activities:
Research essay, group presentation. Students will be taught about ethics in science, and demonstrate appropriate referencing and research skills in assessment tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Albury-Wodonga, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRyan Naylor

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research Task Part A: Annotated bibliography plus statement of problem (750 words equivalent)15 01, 02, 04, 05, 06
Research Task Part B: Research Essay (2000 words equivalent)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 20-minute Team Oral Presentation (equivalent to 5 minutes per student)500 words equivalent/student Groups will typically be composed of 4-6 students25 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
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.20 01, 02, 03, 05

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRyan Naylor

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research Task Part A: Annotated bibliography plus statement of problem (750 words equivalent)15 01, 02, 04, 05, 06
Research Task Part B: Research Essay (2000 words equivalent)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 20-minute Team Oral Presentation (equivalent to 5 minutes per student)500 words equivalent/student Groups will typically be composed of 4-6 students25 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
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.20 01, 02, 03, 05

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRyan Naylor

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research Task Part A: Annotated bibliography plus statement of problem (750 words equivalent)15 01, 02, 04, 05, 06
Research Task Part B: Research Essay (2000 words equivalent)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 20-minute Team Oral Presentation (equivalent to 5 minutes per student)500 words equivalent/student Groups will typically be composed of 4-6 students25 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
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.20 01, 02, 03, 05