Course Title: Conduct and present simple scientific research

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: GEDU5442

Course Title: Conduct and present simple scientific research

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3209 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Judith McCann

Course Contact Phone: T. 99258366

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


Course Description

To provide the learner 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:

VPAU072 Conduct and present simple scientific research


1.Conduct a simple scientific experiment
2.Conduct a simple investigation of a scientific issue

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

2.1 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

Competency based

Details of Learning Activities

• Lectures
• Individual and Group presentations

• Practical activities

Teaching Schedule


Date(week starting)

Topic      (Note – Prac dates are subject to change)

111/7/11 Introduction/ Scientific method/ Activity
218/7/11 Tabulating Data and Drawing graphs (group activity)
325/7/11Intro to lab safety and equip/ measuring activity (Prac)
41/8/11Experiment – using a balance (Prac)
58/8/11Glass and micropipette techniques (Prac)
722/8/11Chemical reactions experiment
829/8/11Stem Cell Debate
95/9/11 Oral Presentations (ASSESSMENT TASK)


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Practical activities, reports and presentations

Assessment Tasks

Practical Report/ Weekly Practical Tasks:        75%
Research based assignment/presentation:   25%

• 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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