SCISCHOL 100A/B : Science in Action


2021 Semester One (1213) / Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An introduction to the big questions in science, approaches to scientific research, and how science and scientists play a role in society. Students will explore scientific knowledge and enquiry from a broad, cross-disciplinary perspective.

Course Overview

This course will introduce students to exciting frontiers in science, paying particular attention to interdisciplinary areas that are becoming increasingly prevalent in academia and industry. The course runs across both semesters, having an A and B component. This is a pass / fail course. For the A component, to pass the course, students must attend and participate in the class meetings, engage with a reflective piece and also give a presentation about an area of science or a topic that they are passionate about. For the B component, to pass the course, students must attend and participate in the class meetings, produce three entries for the course blog on a current science topic, and write a popular-science article on a topic of their choosing. Articles will be peer-reviewed by members of the class and collated for publication in a booklet at the end of the semester.

For both components, different guest speakers from various fields (statistics, biology, math, computer science, psychology, etc.) will cover a different topic every week. The course is highly interactive following an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning focused on student engagement and active learning.

More information about the Science Scholars Programme can be found here: 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: Programme Director approval Restriction: SCISCHOL 101 To complete this course students must enrol in SCISCHOL 100 A and B, or SCISCHOL 100

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Gain knowledge in the field of science. (Capability 1)
  2. Develop critical thinking with respect to past and current social, ethical, and scientific issues. (Capability 2)
  3. Actively engage in the various themes and topics in the broad field of science. (Capability 4)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 100% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3

Special Requirements


Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course (both A and B components across the entire year combined) and students are expected to spend 6 hours per week, across the entire year.

For this course, you can expect 2 hours of lectures per week,  and 4 hours of of reading and thinking about the content and and also time spent on assignments per week, across the entire year.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources


Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Depending on the different alert levels NZ may be at, the following will apply:

Level 1:  Delivered normally as specified in delivery mode
Level 2: You will not be required to attend in person.  All teaching and assessment will have a remote option.
Level 3 / 4: All teaching activities and assessments are delivered remotely

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 05/12/2020 06:10 p.m.