Skills for the Scientist

    Unit code: NSC1210 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park


    Skills for the Scientist will develop a set of fundamental skills that are required to navigate through all stages of the scientific process. The unit will explore the history and philosophy of science, leading to an understanding of the current approach to scientific thinking. Students will become familiar with accessing library resources, including popular science databases, and will learn the accepted referencing practices for the sciences. Methods will be taught for the management and interpretation of data, leading to the development of written and oral communication skills. Safe and ethical work practices in the laboratory and field will be discussed.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Apply the principles of the scientific method to real world problems;
    2. Locate, synthesise and cite/reference scientific literature;
    3. Manage scientific data, perform data manipulations and produce scientifically acceptable written and graphic outputs;
    4. Create scientific documents and work collaboratively to develop presentations;

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    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 10%
    Analysis of scientific paper
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 15%
    Initial data submission
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 15%
    Manage and present scientific data
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 40%
    Group oral presentation.

    Required reading

    Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words
    Lindsay, D.R. (2011)| Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, CSIRO
    Scientific Method: A Historical and Philosophical Introduction
    Bower, G.S. (2012)| London, Routledge

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