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SCI6103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 22 March 2023


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN or MADS or GCSC or GDSI or DPHD or its equivalent.
Enrolment is not permitted in SCI6103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.


In the contemporary world, science and technology are increasingly seen as fundamental for human progress and survival. As the power of technology has increased, ethical considerations in the practice of science have become a critical component in the interaction between science and society. Additionally, the limited ability of society to support scientific research has led to ever increasing competition for these resources and emphasised the need for skills in both scientific communication and information technology. This course will provide critical understanding and development of skills that will enable students to communicate and interact within scientific and technological domains with consideration of ethical implications, and academic and professional integrity.

This modular course is designed to provide students with a variety of communication skills applied through ethical and academic integrity principles. Students will learn about critical analysis, incorporating the scientific method and process. Students will undertake linked modules that connect fundamental skills with information literacy, scientific application including research communication, academic integrity in the age of the changing technologies, appreciation of the role of research, the research process, and responsibilities of the modern scientist.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 22 March 2023