Innovation Cultures: Perspectives on Science and Technology

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University
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About this unit

Part of the Science Pathway, the Innovation Cultures: Perspectives on Science and Technology unit provides an introduction into scientific study. You will learn the basic tenets of scientific methodology and theory relevant for any future study or career in a scientific field.

In this introductory unit, brought to you by Swinburne University and OUA, you will be taught the framework of science ethics and the practical application of science and technology to prepare you for any future research or fieldwork. You will also study the business side of scientific research, and how research is represented by the media.

The unit goes on to explore how the ideas of science have shaped Western thought and ways of life. It discusses the relationship between scientific discovery, technological development and the needs of society to uncover the ways in which science often conflicts with other cultures and ways of thinking.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed the following unit:

  • Cultural Perspectives on Science and Technology

Areas of study

In this science unit, the topics you will study include:

  • What is science and scientific methodology?
  • What is technology and what is its relationship to science?
  • The business of scientific research and technological development
  • Ethics of scientific research and development of technologies
  • The science of genetic engineering
  • The invention of printing press and its impact on Western thought
  • Media representation of scientific research
  • The information superhighway
  • Convergence
  • The growing gap between 'information rich' and 'information poor'
  • Western science and Aboriginal values
  • Science and sustainability

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit serves as an introduction to scientific methodology and thought, and provides the perfect platform for future studies in science. You will become adept at analysing the role of science in modern society and how it is perceived and reported on. You will also become confident in writing about and discussing science ethics and the development of future technologies.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Innovation Cultures: Perspectives on Science and Technology from Swinburne University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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