Course Title: Physical Sciences in Action

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Physical Sciences in Action

Credit Points: 12.00

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to fundamental concepts and theories within the Physical Sciences, such as Physics, Chemistry and Geospatial Science. The course will present and discuss real-world examples of how Physical Sciences contribute to problem solving and decision-making processes in contemporary societal, industrial, technological and environmental challenges. These will highlight the value of analytical reasoning using data measurement (including practical/laboratory approaches) and analysis techniques. The course will enable you to bring understanding of Physical Sciences and the associated technical, transferable and communication skills into your studies in science and enhance your future career. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes. 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs): 

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. 

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. 

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-3.3 You will be able to choose appropriate tools and methods to solve scientific problems within your area of specialization. 

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

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. 

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. 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs). 

On completion of this course, you should be able to: 

CLO1. Describe the basic knowledge that underpins the physical sciences and apply these concepts to examples from real life. 

CLO2. Explain recent research directions and advances within the physical sciences. 

CLO3. Apply practice-based skills to characterise and investigate physical systems, processes and associated data including applying a systematic approach to solving unfamiliar problems. 

CLO4. Demonstrate the ability to describe, analyse and interpret scientific data, including the use of scientific conventions and appropriate mathematical notation. 

CLO5. Apply understanding of physical, chemical and geospatial sciences to global grand challenges and priorities.  

CLO6. Create and deliver a team-based scientific presentation on a physical, chemical and/or geospatial science related global challenge topic.  

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake an integrated series of immersive learning experiences and activities to develop fundamental conceptual and practical understanding and experience in physical sciences. A blended learning approach will be used involving face-to-face experiential learning activities complemented by online learning and team-based activities. 

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 1: Fundamental Concepts Assessment 

Weighting 40% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4 


Assessment Task 2: Physical Sciences in Action Assessment 

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: Studio Showcase Assessment 

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5 & 6