Course Title: Develop study skills for science

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: GEDU6134

Course Title: Develop study skills for science

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3399 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Cynthia Skruzny

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to establish a range of study strategies and develop specific study skills for science.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22066 Develop study skills for science


1. Develop effective study strategies for science

Performance Criteria:

1.1  Source information about effective study strategies
1.2  Apply study strategies and techniques to science tasks
1.3  Identify and use tools to aid study
1.4  Investigate available study support services
1.5  Apply study skills and techniques to relevant study tasks


2. Develop note-taking skills

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use a range of techniques to highlight key information
2.2  Use a range of note-taking techniques and methods
2.3  Take accurate notes


3. Apply critical thinking skills to respond to study tasks

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Determine the purpose and audience for the study task
3.2  Identify key science terms and concepts for the task
3.3  Determine types of input needed to complete the task
3.4  Examine science concepts using critical thinking skills
3.5  Seek advice from others in determining response to the task


4. Participate in group activity to complete study tasks

Performance Criteria:

4.1  Apply collaborative techniques to analyse task
4.2  Allocate roles and responsibilities
4.3  Produce a timeline for stages of completion
4.4  Establish group work protocols
4.5  Complete collaborative tasks

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

learning activities include class discussions, group work, research & worksheets

Teaching Schedule

Week   Date  Topic
 1 11/2Orientation
 2 18/2Introduction
Time Management
Organizing  information, goal setting, planning information
 3 25/2

 How to give a presentation


 4 4/3 Lectures, tutorials and laboratories
Lectures, listening, effective note taking
Tutorials, Laboratory classes, safety 
 5 11/3

Grading systems
Tackling exams

 6 18/3 E-Learning and research
 Five levels of e-learning
 Database, the Internet, Web-based learning
 7 25/3 

Modes of learning

Learning styles, memory, learning for meaning

Reading scientific literature

Skimming, critical reading

 8 1/4 

Academic Argument

Deductive and Inductive reasoning


Academic Argument
Deductive and Inductive reasoning continued


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism


 Student break


 Writing for the sciences

 12 6/5


Reading scientific literature

Skimming, critical reading

 13 13/5 Writing a laboratory report

 14 20/5

 Approach to problem solving


 15 27/5 Writing a report

 Presentations Skills: posters

 17 10/6

Preparation of a poster


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include a portfolio of completed activities, group work and presentations.

Assessment Tasks

Portfolio of 10 worksheets to be submitted by 6th June. Marked as S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not yet satisfactory)


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment

CA Competency Achieved  
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application form should be emailed to the Program Coordinator ( Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 5 days of the scheduled time of examination

• Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

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