Overview

The aim of this unit is for students to create social impact by engaging with a community or industry partner to develop a project which addresses a real-world challenge. In doing so, students will examine how science can contribute to our understanding of diverse societal issues. Students will develop key skills relevant to tackling real industry and community challenges, including project planning, working with stakeholders and professional communication.

Requisites

Prerequisites
NPS20011 Societal Challenges in Science

Rule

100cp in BB-ENGSC
OR
COS10025 Technology in an Indigenous Context Project
OR
NPS10001 Introduction to E-Science
OR
NPS10003 Sustainability Challenges in Science

Teaching Periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
29-July-2024
27-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
11-August-2024
Census date
31-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
13-September-2024
Results released date
03-December-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Contextualise their role as a scientist within a project team and within society more broadly
  • Apply critical and creative thinking to articulate the role of science in addressing societal challenges
  • Develop a project plan incorporating an appropriate data management strategy
  • Evaluate approaches to identifying and engaging project stakeholders, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Contrast approaches to communication for different purposes and audiences
  • Explain the role of ethics in professional practice and research

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Workshop
2.00 12 weeks 24
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Class
1.00 12 weeks 12
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Synchronous Tutorials
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
8.50 12 weeks 102
TOTAL150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
PortfolioIndividual/Group 100% 1,2,3,4,5,6 

Content

  • Social and economic sustainability  

  • Effective scientific communication  

  • Working critically with data 

  • Stakeholder engagement  

  • Project planning  

  • Research ethics  

  • Team dynamics 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and STEM knowledge systems 

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.