SCISCHOL 201 : Introduction to Science and Innovation


2023 Semester One (1233) (0 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An exploration of issues affecting Science in Society, including governance, funding and policies. Students will also explore the development of modern scientific method and the challenges of engaging in scientific research.

Course Overview

Science and the quest for greater understanding and discovery in scientific disciplines are influenced by a range of forces that impact basic and applied research, as well as how research and understanding can be applied to solve problems, improve quality of life, and support further inquiry. In this course, students in the Science Scholars programme explore and develop a greater understanding of the grounding of scientific disciplines, the design and processes behind scientific discovery and an overview of the funding and dissemination landscapes of Science. The course also explores the boundaries of disciplines and the role of cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research and understanding in creating new knowledge and developing solutions for complex problems through the application of this science.  

The course is split between two semesters. Semester 1 is focused primarily on developing greater understanding of the role and meaning of disciplines within Science and the process of Innovation used to moved from discovery to opportunities for application. In Semester 2, the course focuses on exploration of scientific research skills and communication, including developing an understanding of the impact of culture and funding processes on scientific discovery, the skills to develop and document a research proposal, and how to communicate scientific work. In a series of lectures and discussions, we will consider some of the diverse influences that constrain and guide scientific enquiry. Students engage in dialogue and debates, and work individually and in groups to explore the topics in this course.

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

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: Programme Director approval

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the importance of scientific disciplines, the context of disciplinarity, and the boundaries of and amongst disciplines within and outside of science. (Capability 1 and 2)
  2. Evaluate innovation processes and describe how these can be applied to scientific knowledge and discovery to solve complex problems and address challenges. (Capability 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  3. Describe lessons and approaches from researchers work and discoveries and then use these to help inform your own development and thinking about your research. (Capability 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)


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


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Special Requirements

Advise instructor of any conflicts or circumstances that may require missed class sessions or late assignments IN ADVANCE of class meeting/due dates.

Workload Expectations

This course is a 15 point course, but is split into two parts of 7.5 points each. These two parts take place over Semester 1 and Semester 2, and students are expected to spend 6 hours per week involved in each part of the course.

For this course, you can expect 2 hours of face-to-face time (primarily lectures & discussion) and 2 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 2 hours of work on assignments, projects or reflections. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected to complete components of the course.

The course may include live in person or online events.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning 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.

There is n0 text book for this course, but readings (scientific and popular articles) and videos will be assigned in preparation for class discussion, assignments, and projects. The students will be required to be familiar with the provided readings before the lectures (pre-reading).

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.

Students will have the opportunity to convey their feedback about the class anytime throughout the year through their class reps, or by directly contacting the course lecturers, coordinators and/or programme director. The programme director, together with the student adviser sits in regular meetings with the class reps.

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.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


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 course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

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 students may be asked to submit 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. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 09/11/2022 11:51 a.m.