FOUND012-20X (HAM)

Bridging General Science

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This pre-degree course is designed to introduce fundamental scientific conceptual frameworks for viewing the world. The aim of this paper is to provide a science background for students wanting to study the various science disciplines further. It also aims to provide a platform for students wanting to explore the science field for their own interest and/or as a background for their degree study such as in health, nursing, and primary teaching. This paper is designed to give students an opportunity to explore the nature of science and scientific inquiry, gathering of empirical data and analysis. It provides exposure to some basic topics in the four main science disciplines, that of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics. It is taught in the contexts of real world situations and is extended to incorporate socio-scientific issues. Students are encouraged to keep up with scientific discussions on recent discoveries and ideas, and the impact of science on society.

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Paper Structure

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The paper is taught through lectures, tutorials, computer and laboratory sessions. There is a textbook for some of the basic science topics taught in the lectures, and computer sessions to explore the topics further through the Science Learning Hub. Students will keep up to date with recent scientific discoveries and also with discussions around scientific issues impacting on society (for example, through SciBlogs). MAHARA ePortfolio will be used to journal your learning through the Science Learning Hub. The laboratory and tutorial sessions alternate on Fridays. These details will be provided each week through Moodle and in class. Mahara ePortfolio sessions are in the computer room F.1.14 on Thursdays from 9 am to 10 am. This is a blended course which means that there is a combination of online and face-to-face teaching. Students are expected to view the online material before coming to class.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Become enthusiastic and independent learners of science.
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  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts, principles and models of the four branches of science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics).
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  • Carry out, in a safe and precise manner, practical laboratory investigations.
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  • Write a concise, clear and tidy report of a laboratory investigation using a prescribed format.
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  • Understand the nature of science and the relationships between science, technology and society.
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  • Work effectively and cooperatively with others.
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Assessment

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There are Tutorial Quizzes to complete online.

MAHARA ePortfolio will be used for the Science Learning Hub assignment.

Requirements for the laboratory write-ups will vary for each experiment.

Note: Instructions and notifications will be given during the contact time-slots and posted online using Moodle. In general, all assignment material will be returned for review during the contact time-slots.

There are no compulsory assessments but each assessment will contribute marks towards the final grade.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Experiment 1
4 Dec 2020
4:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Department Office
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. Experiment 2
11 Dec 2020
4:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Department Office
  • Hand-in: In Lab
3. Experiment 3
18 Dec 2020
4:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Department Office
  • Hand-in: In Lab
4. Test 1
8 Jan 2021
9:00 AM
20
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Experiment 4
22 Jan 2021
4:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Department Office
  • Hand-in: In Lab
6. Experiment 5
5 Feb 2021
4:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Department Office
  • Hand-in: In Lab
7. Tutorial Quizzes
14 Feb 2021
11:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Science Learning Hub
15 Feb 2021
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: EPortfolio System
9. STEM assignment
15 Feb 2021
11:30 PM
5
  • Other: ePortfolio
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
10. Test 2
19 Feb 2021
9:00 AM
20
  • In Class: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Set Texts (to buy):

Andersen, J., Bendall. P., and Roberts. A. (2018 or latest edition). Level 1 Science (ESA Study Guide), ESA Publications (NZ) Ltd., NZ

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Recommended Readings

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Science Learning Hub: https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/

Sci Blogs: http://sciblogs.co.nz/

Hannay, B., Howison, P., & Sayes, M. (2002, out of print). NCEA Level 1 Science. ESA Publications (NZ) Ltd. NZ.

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Other Resources

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Online resources such as Science Learning Hub, SciBlogs, Studyit, nobraintoosmall, Khan Academy, Sci Show, Crash Course and many other websites (links given in Moodle).
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Online Support

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Moodle:

Moodle is the online space for students to connect with each other as well as with teaching staff outside of the face-to-face classes. Students will use the site to ask teachers questions, participate in online discussions, and complete selected learning activities. You can also find assessment instructions, submit your completed assessments, access feedback, and keep track of your grades there.

To access Moodle, sign into your university login and click on the “Moodle” link. Moodle will be your main source of information for the course.

Panopto:

Lectures will be recorded and the links to these recordings will be available on the Moodle page for this paper. The aim of recording classes is to aid in the further study and understanding of content, and as a revision tool. Class recordings do not replace attendance.

Studiosity:

Studiosity is an online tutoring service for students at the University of Waikato. It’s accessible via Moodle and offers personalised, live, online help from trained experts in two ways:

  • Writing Feedback: upload your work to get help with academic writing and literacy (such as structure, grammar and referencing). Available 24/7, you will receive your feedback in less than 24 hours.

Connect Live: chat with a subject specialist to get help with academic writing and literacy, study skills, maths, economics, accounting or statistics. Available 5.00pm – 2.00am Sunday to Friday.
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Workload

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This is a 15-point paper. This means you are expected to dedicate 150 learning hours in total to this paper (10 hours per point). Learning hours are a combination of direct contact hours with teachers in lectures, tutorials and labs, and self-directed hours spent studying, doing assignments and preparing for tests.

Contact HoursSelf-directed HoursTotal Hours

48

102

150

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Restricted papers: CUPR025

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