SCISCHOL 302A/B : Science Scholars Project


2023 Semester One (1233) / Semester Two (1235) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Building on the research proposal developed in SCISCHOL 202, students will respond to a research question requiring data collection, analysis and interpretation, discussion and presentation of project outcomes.

Course Overview

This course involves two components, delivered across semester 1 and 2. Part A (semester 1) will involve students working on global challenges, areas of scientific interest unique to New Zealand, and learn more about research ethics and cross-disciplinary studies. 

SCISCHOL300 is about actively doing research, and students will be directly involved in doing research into a post-graduate research lab.

The research project will start from approximately week 5 of the first semester, with the students having to join a research group - to carry out a project discussed with their supervisors - within week 5 of semester one. The project will carry over to semester two and will be completed by week 12 of semester two. Guidance on how to find a supervisor to carry out their project will be provided at the start of the year.

Students will develop and work on their research project, and each will give a short presentation to the class about their research project. Students will also be asked to keep a diary of their research.

When their research is completed, students will need to create a research poster, which will be showcased in an end of year poster presentation event. In addition, there will be a series of structured debates on topics of current scientific interest. There is no text for the course.

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

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: Programme Director approval To complete this course students must enrol in SCISCHOL 302 A and B, or SCISCHOL 302

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. Have and develop knowledge of scientific methods and practice, which will include ethical considerations. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Communicate a research idea clearly and effectively. (Capability 4)
  3. Describe and explain the need for scientific integrity and honesty. (Capability 5)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to engage in rational discussion with other rational people, without causing offence or behaving inappropriately. (Capability 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework 100% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4


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Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course (both A and B components across the entire year combined),

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 required at scheduled activities to receive credit for components of the course.
Lectures and discussions will not be available as recordings.
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.

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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 01/11/2022 11:58 a.m.