Course Title: Conduct and present simple scientific research

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: GEDU5974

Course Title: Conduct and present simple scientific research

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3305 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Christine Andrews

Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are none

Course Description

The purpose of this unit is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to undertake, analyse, and report on simple scientific experiments and investigations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21057 Conduct and present simple scientific research


1. Conduct a simple scientific experiment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify a scientific concept/model/theory for investigation
1.2 Identify a scientific method to investigate the scientific concept/model/theory
1.3 Perform a simple experiment relating to the scientific concept/model/theory
1.4 Record and analyse the results of the experiment
1.5 Present the findings of the experiment using appropriate scientific terminology


2 Conduct a simple investigation of a scientific issue

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify an issue of scientific interest which has contributed to society, the environment or an individual
2.2 Identify the area of science which underpins the issue
2.3 Investigate the impact of the issue on society, the environment or an individual
2.4 Record the results of the investigation using appropriate scientific terminology
2.5 Present the findings of the investigation using appropriate scientific terminology

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Lectures
• Individual and Group presentations
• Practical activities

Teaching Schedule

Date(week starting) Topic (Note – Prac dates are subject to change)
1 8/07/13

Introduction/ Scientific method/ Activity

2 15/07/13 Tabulating Data and Drawing graphs (group activity)/Introduction to lab safety and equipment
3 22/07/13 Stem cell debate/ measuring activity (Prac) 
4 29/07/13 Experiment – using a balance (Prac) 
5 5/08/13 Glass and micropipette techniques (Prac) 
6 12/08/13 DNA extraction (Prac)
7 19/08/13 Chemical reactions experiment (ASSESSMENT TASK) 
8 26/08/13 Oral Presentations (ASSESSMENT TASK)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include reports and assignments

Assessment Tasks

Practical Report/ Weekly Practical Tasks: 80%
Research based assignment/presentation: 20%

Student must pass each of the above assessment tasks to pass the Learning unit. 
Students must successfully pass 4 out of the 6 weekly practical tasks


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

The 20 hours allowed for this unit are allocated as follows

Class theory -9 hours
Practical Activities -8 hours
Research work / report completion -3 hours

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