Course Title: Data for a Scientific World

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Data for a Scientific World

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023


RMIT University Vietnam


171H School of Science


Viet3 2023

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

This course contributes to Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:

BH116 Bachelor of Surveying (Honours)
BH117 Bachelor of Geospatial Science (Honours)
BP083 Bachelor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
BP192 Bachelor of Environmental Science
BP199 Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition
BP330 Bachelor of Space Science

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

  1. Identify how the scientific method can be applied to investigate different science questions.
  2. Use statistical and graphical tools to describe data and answer scientific questions.
  3. Apply evidence-based decision-making criteria to critically assess the quality of information sources for scientific investigations.
  4. Communicate scientific content as an individual and in teams using oral, written, and visual communication.
  5. Demonstrate responsible, safe, legal and ethical work practices in an individual and/or team context.

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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Formative assessments (9) - collaborative reflections, quizzes, and microcredentials
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 

Assessment Task 2: Written Scientific Report
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: Poster Scientific Report
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5 

Assessment Task 4: Team Presentation
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.