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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

SCU College

Anti-requisites

Cannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in HLTH1001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions.

Unit aim

Introduces students to the nature of science through four core scientific disciplines: chemistry, physics, biology and geology. Students analyse and in some instances solve problems in real-world contexts involving scientific observation, measurement and experimentation. 

Unit content

Topic 1: The nature of science and inquiry:

  • Measurement
  • Observations
  • Experimentation

Topic 2: Physics:

  • Forces and motion
  • Work, energy and power

Topic 3: Chemistry:

  • Atomic Structure
  • Elements and molecules
  • Equations and reactions

Topic 4 : Biology:

  • Cells
  • Organism
  • Physiology

Topic 5: Geology:

  • Minerals
  • Rocks
  • Land formation

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 communicate an understanding of the nature of science.
2 demonstrate an understanding of key concepts across four broad scientific disciplines.
3 apply analytical and problem solving skills in defined scientific contexts.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. communicate an understanding of the nature of science.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of key concepts across four broad scientific disciplines.
  3. apply analytical and problem solving skills in defined scientific contexts.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.