SCI3502 - Impact through science 3B - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Dr Djuke Veldhuis


Ms Diana Renner

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


SCI2501 and SCI2502


Only students enrolled in Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) can enrol in this unit.


Impact through science 3B provides the opportunity for students to further cultivate their persuasive communication, leadership and entrepreneurial skills through a self-directed and real-world project. The aim of this extended project is for students to develop a creative solution enabling the application of scientific research to the needs of society. Students will negotiate a project scope with a research scientist within the Science Faculty that directly draws upon their research, meets the aims of the BSc - Global Challenges (Honours) and falls under one of three project themes: 1) A new product or service utilising the scientific research; 2) Closing the gap between science and policy/politics; 3) Science communication to the general public. During the course of this unit students will also be required to submit their final internship project plans.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply project management skills to develop, implement and deliver the specified project.
  2. Undertake independent research to demonstrate an understanding of the current scientific, social, corporate and/or political contexts of the projects.
  3. Articulate the importance of disruptive and innovative thinking to achieve impact through science.
  4. Refine teamwork capabilities and identify areas for improvement.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking and persuasive communication through written reports and oral presentation.


Continuous assessment: 20%

Mid-semester project (oral and written): 20%

End of semester project (oral and written): 60%

Workload requirements

This unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement. Additional requirements for at least eight hours of independent work including project work, meeting with the unit coordinator and other research activities are required.

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