Course Title: Conduct and present simple scientific research

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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
1.3 Perform a simple experiment relating to the scientific
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
  • 6 weekly Practical activities
  • Chemical reactiond experimernt

Teaching Schedule

Date(week starting) Topic (Note – Prac dates are subject to change)
1 7/07/14

1  Introduction/ Scientific method/ Activity

2 14/07/14
Tabulating Data and Drawing graphs (group activity)/ Intro to lab safety and equip
3 21/07/14 3  Stem Cell Debate /measurement activity (Prac)
4 28/07/14 4  Experiment – using a balance (Prac) 
5 4/08/14 Glass and micropipette techniques (Prac)
6 11/08/14 DNA extraction (Prac)
7 18/0814 Chemical reactions experiment (ASSESSMENT TASK-10%) 
8 25/08/14 Oral Presentations (ASSESSMENT TASK-20%)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include reports and assignments

Assessment Tasks

6 Weekly Practical Tasks 70% + Chemical reactions experiment Practical Report 10% = 80%
Research based assignment/presentation: 20%

Students 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

Assessment Information

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exam, prac reports, and assignments etc.). For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. But you also need to have passed the other assessments as well. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the tests but fail the prac reports).

• 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 on the web ) at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web). For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected

• If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame

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