Societal Challenges in Science

NPS20011 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

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.
Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
#Unit Learning Outcome Description
ULO1Contextualise their role as a scientist within a project team and within society more broadly
ULO2Apply critical and creative thinking to articulate the role of science in addressing societal challenges
ULO3Develop a project plan incorporating an appropriate data management strategy
ULO4Evaluate approaches to identifying and engaging project stakeholders, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
ULO5Contrast approaches to communication for different purposes and audiences
ULO6Explain the role of ethics in professional practice and research

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