Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: Science, Medicine and Health



Subject Information
Subject Code SCIE101
Subject Name Modern Perspectives in Science
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites Nil
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Nil
Assessment Online quizzes (4x7.5%) - 30% 4 x Essays - (10% ea.) - 40% (New assessment) Major project - 30% Online discussions Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Practical exercise - Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Chemical essay - Satisfactory/Unsatisfacto
General Subject Yes.

Subject Description
This subject aims to address some of the major topical issues in modern science and their impact on our society as well as demonstrating the value of a cross-disciplinary approach to problem solving. The content is presented in four modules from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences. The topics are: Planetology, Smart Chemistry, Genetic Engineering, and How Long? How Hot? Each of the four modules provides examples of areas of science that are currently of widespread interest or importance. The way in which science has been used to solve technological and human problems will be illustrated in each module. The fourth module includes a section on global warming. To demonstrate the need for a collaborative approach when solving major issues, the same problem will be studied from the viewpoint of different disciplines. These modules are examples of current research topics and modules may be interchanged to reflect contemporary topics.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Understand modern methods and techniques in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and the Earth and Environmental Sciences and how these disciplines have underpinned advances in technology.
2. Understand the need for a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving in science.