School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Professional Science Essentials
  • Unit Code

    SCI1125
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Anna Jenny HOPKINS

Description

This unit will introduce students to the skills required of professional scientists, with a special focus on effective communication. These professional skills include techniques of accessing, evaluating and presenting scientific information. Written, visual and oral presentation skills for scientific and general audiences will be developed through the analysis of topical scientific issues. This unit will prepare students to develop careers in the science discipline of choice.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills in communication scientific information to a variety of audiences.
  2. Demonstrate skills in the location and evaluation of scientific information and information resources.
  3. Demonstrate skills in the written, visual and oral presentation of scientific information.
  4. Describe the professional standards for scientists relating to intellectual property, ethical conduct, plagiarism, use of data and authorship.

Unit Content

  1. Effective oral presentations for scientific and general audiences.
  2. Effective presentations for scientific and general audiences.
  3. Effective writing for scientific and general audiences.
  4. Evaluation of the quality and suitability of scientific information.
  5. Interpersonal communication.
  6. Interpretation of scientific information.
  7. Library, Internet and other online sources of science information.
  8. Note taking and preparation for written and oral communication.
  9. Professional scientific standards related to ethical conduct, plagiarism, use of information and authorship.

Teaching and Learning Processes

workshops, online activities.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

Due to the professional competency skill development associated with this Unit, student attendance/participation within listed in-class activities and/or online activities including discussion boards is compulsory. Students failing to meet participation standards as outlined in the unit plan may be awarded an I Grade (Fail - incomplete). Students who are unable to meet this requirement for medical or other reasons must seek the approval of the unit coordinator.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
PortfolioContinuous Assessment and Reflection20%
AssignmentWritten Literature Review *40%
PresentationBrochure/poster and Oral Presentation *40%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
PortfolioContinuous Assessment and Reflection20%
AssignmentWritten Literature Review40%
PresentationBrochure and Oral Presentation *40%

* Assessment item identified for English language proficiency


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Professional Science Essentials
  • Unit Code

    SCI1125
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Anna Jenny HOPKINS

Description

This unit will introduce students to the skills required of professional scientists, with a special focus on effective communication. These professional skills include techniques of accessing, evaluating and presenting scientific information. Written, visual and oral presentation skills for scientific and general audiences will be developed through the analysis of topical scientific issues. This unit will prepare students to develop careers in the science discipline of choice.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills in communication scientific information to a variety of audiences.
  2. Demonstrate skills in the location and evaluation of scientific information and information resources.
  3. Demonstrate skills in the written, visual and oral presentation of scientific information.
  4. Describe the professional standards for scientists relating to intellectual property, ethical conduct, plagiarism, use of data and authorship.

Unit Content

  1. Effective oral presentations for scientific and general audiences.
  2. Effective presentations for scientific and general audiences.
  3. Effective writing for scientific and general audiences.
  4. Evaluation of the quality and suitability of scientific information.
  5. Interpersonal communication.
  6. Interpretation of scientific information.
  7. Library, Internet and other online sources of science information.
  8. Note taking and preparation for written and oral communication.
  9. Professional scientific standards related to ethical conduct, plagiarism, use of information and authorship.

Teaching and Learning Processes

workshops, online activities.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

Due to the professional competency skill development associated with this Unit, student attendance/participation within listed in-class activities and/or online activities including discussion boards is compulsory. Students failing to meet participation standards as outlined in the unit plan may be awarded an I Grade (Fail - incomplete). Students who are unable to meet this requirement for medical or other reasons must seek the approval of the unit coordinator.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
PortfolioContinuous Assessment and Reflection20%
AssignmentWritten Literature Review *40%
PresentationBrochure/poster and Oral Presentation *40%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
PortfolioContinuous Assessment and Reflection20%
AssignmentWritten Literature Review40%
PresentationBrochure and Oral Presentation *40%

* Assessment item identified for English language proficiency


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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