Course Title: Data for a Scientific World

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Data for a Scientific World

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Mariela Soto-Berelov

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399259663

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.27

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course allows students to build some essential foundations needed to succeed in the sciences. It introduces students to the scientist’s toolkit, which includes tools for thinking, describing, analysing, and communicating science. It covers

fundamental concepts and transferable skills such as  critical thinking, problem solving, analytical reasoning, communication (including written

skills), teamwork and being aware of your responsibilities as emerging scientists.

Students are exposed to the importance of statistical learning in understanding a scientific problem by learning relationships and structures from data. Students are introduced to the application of various analytical methods, digital and information literacy concepts, communications tools and foundational statistics within the context of major global societal, industrial, and technological challenges.

The course will enable students to bring understanding of the unique role of a scientist in pursuing knowledge of the natural, physical and social worlds based on learning from

data and developing associated transferable skills to enhance their future careers.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes. 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) in multiple disciplines: BP192, BP161, BH096, BP199, BP293, BP289, BH116, BH117, BP247, BH101, BP229, BP193, BP226, BP305. 

The course contributes to the following PLOs: 

PLO-1    Understanding science 

PLO-1.1 You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice. 

PLO-1.2 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and relevance of science in society. 

PLO-1.3 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge. 

PLO-2    Scientific knowledge 

PLO-2.2 You will have knowledge in at least one discipline other than your primary discipline and some understanding of interdisciplinary linkages. 

PLO-3    Inquiry and Problem Solving 

PLO-3.2 You will be able to gather, critically review and synthesise information relevant to a scientific inquiry or research project. 

PLO-3.4 You will demonstrate well-developed problem-solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively. 

PLO-4    Communication 

PLO-4.1 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using effective oral, written and presentation skills. 

PLO-4.2 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using appropriate methods for different audiences. 

PLO-5    Personal and professional responsibility 

PLO-5.1 You will develop a capacity for independent and self-directed work. 

PLO-5.2 You will work responsibly, safely, legally and ethically.   

PLO-5.3 You will develop an ability to work collaboratively.


Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:


CLO1. Critically assess the quality of information sources to determine the fit-for-purpose for scientific investigations using evidence-based decision-making criteria.

CLO2. Demonstrate and apply the work of scientific methods using a range of scientific investigations.


CLO3. Apply statistical and graphical tools to describe data and answer scientific questions.


CLO4. Work responsibly, safely, legally, ethically and with integrity in an individual and/or team context.


CLO5. Communicate scientific content as an individual and in teams using oral, written, and visual communication.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake an integrated series of immersive learning experiences and activities to develop fundamental skills as a scientist in training. These include: gain an understanding and appreciation of the role scientists play in today’s society and the responsibilities that come along with it, learn how different disciplines use science to understand the world around us and the types of data that support this, learn how to approach a problem using critical thinking and how to design a scientific experiment, learn how to describe and analyse data using statistics, learn how to communicate scientific content as an individual and in a team.

Overview of Learning Resources

Blended learning resources will be provided via the Canvas learning management systems and associated tools, in conjunction with practice-based in-class experiential learning activities. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1 Early assessment quizzes and credentials

Weight 25%

This supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Assessment Task 2 Blog assessment

Weight 20%

This supports CLOs 1, 2, 4, 5


Assessment Task 3: TeamPresentation

Weight 25%

This supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Assessment Task 4: Scientific Report

Weight 30%

This supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4,5