Science in Everyday Life

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Science in Everyday Life

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Chemistry, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course examines the science that is part of everyday life. Students will gain an understanding in a broad range of contemporary scientific concepts relevant to everyday life. The course will integrate social, cultural and historical perspectives around the scientific concepts presented in the course. 

    Course content
    SCIE 101 explores science in everyday life. Five different modules will be presented by leading academics throughout the semester. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

    • Radiation and nuclear technology
    • Infectious diseases
    • Natural hazards
    • Statistics
    • New technologies

    Experts from Victoria University, and their colleagues, develop material especially for this course and the course staff are available to students via the discussion forum in every module. Students are therefore expected to remain actively engaged throughout the course.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Explain the scientific concepts covered in this course using appropriate scientific language
    • Compare and contrast how the science covered in this course impacts on personal, societal, cultural, and historical perspectives
    • Apply the statistical concepts taught in this course to a range of different material
    • Compose well structured, clearly argued, pieces of informal and academic writing about the science covered in this course

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.