Professional Orientation (Science) (11718.1)
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| Bruce, Canberra
|Faculty Of Science And Technology
|Academic Program Area - Science
|Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify the personal skills, capabilities and knowledge necessary to meet the work standards expected in scientific professions, and develop a personal and academic plan to achieve these;
2. Understand the principles of scientific methodology, and explain the elements that underpin high quality science;
3. Develop skills in effective literature retrieval and review to evaluate the quality of scientific information;
4. Communicate scientific findings to a range of audiences using multiple types of media;
5. Map out academic and professional trajectories over the next five years in an ePortfolio; and
6. Demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively, exploring how their own culture, beliefs and attitudes about cultural diversity impact on personal and professional contexts.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
|Teaching start date
|05 February 2024
|Dr David Hartley
|29 July 2024
|Dr David Hartley
All readings and supplementary material will be provided on the UCLearn (Canvas) site.
The following text is recommended reading:
Lexis L and Julien B (2022) How to do Science, Revised Edition, University of Southern Queensland.
It is part of the Open Textbook Library and freely available online here and linked to in the UCLearn (Canvas) Reading List.
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
In order to pass this unit, students are required to:
1) Achieve an aggregated grade of 50% or higher.
2) Complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM).
3) Students must attempt and submit all assessment items to pass this unit
The final mark for this subject will be calculated by an accumulation of marks from each assessment item (Annotated Bibliography = 10%, Scientific Article Introduction = 20%, Research Design (Group Project) - Written Components = 15%, Research Design (Group Project) - Oral Component = 15%, and ePortfolio = 40%).
The unit convener reserves the right to question students on any of their submitted work for moderation and academic integrity purposes, which may result in an adjustment to the marks awarded for a specific task.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Generative Artificial Intelligence
This unit will utilise generative artificial intelligence in the Annotated Bibliography assessment. It is only to be used as described in the Annotated Bibliography Assessment Guide (available on the unit's UCLearn (Canvas) site) and is not to be used in other assessments.
The contact hours for each student in this unit consist of 24 hours of lectures (2 hrs x 12 lectures) and 24 hours of workshops (2 hrs x 12 sessions). The remaining 102 hours of workload should be distributed across the various assessment tasks and self-directed learning including online content videos.
It is strongly encouraged that you attend all lectures and workshops to make the most of your learning experience. There will be different guest presenters in lectures and workshops through the semester, so participation is strongly recommended. It is a student's responsibility to review missed work.
The Week 11 Lecture is an Industry Panel Discussion that forms part of your ePortfolio assessment. Non-attendance in Week 11 (without timely evidence provided to the convener) means you will not be able to complete part of this assessment task. The Week 11 Workshops will include presentation of your Research Design (Group Project); you are expected to attend for the full duration in order to present and be an audience for the other groups.
The Week 1, 4, and 6 Workshops will contain Indigenising the Curriculum Module activities. A reflection on the presentations and activities in the module is required for your ePortfolio assessment.
Required IT skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint or equivalent is necessary.
It is expected that students have learned how to access resources in the UC library and to access the Unit's Canvas site.
The unit will use generative artificial intelligence software. Support for this will be available if necessary.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Students are expected to attend/view lectures prior to their weekly workshop. Workshop activities build upon lecture content and all lecture content is assessable.
Please note that workshops will not be recorded and, coupled with lecture content, inform assessment items. Assessment items will also be commenced in workshops, and it is advised you bring a device to assist in the completion.
Provision of information to the group:
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Canvas website (Canvas announcements are also emailed to student email addresses). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Use of student email account:
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore, all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
In all cases of absence, sickness, or other extenuating circumstances it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the Unit Convener is informed.