I think this is a great subject, but (as with any other subject) you need to reflect on how you're going throughout the semester so the final is not a shock.
- Based on the the workbook with 2 lecturers in each lecture
- Personally I found the lectures to be interesting and entertaining as they were not content heavy (like BIOL1020 or CHEM1100)
- Great way to learn how to approach questions in the exam (some questions given are past exam questions)
- Provides opportunity for feedback
- Marks assigned for each tutorial --> easy marks
- Fun but annoying when you first start due to all the errors
- Okay even if you're new to programming
- Interesting content, easy to understand summary of philosophy in the workbook
- Go to the end of semester revision session, it is very helpful
- Make sure you are understanding how to do the tutorial questions throughout the semester, if not, seek help from tutors early on
- Do the optional mid-semester exam
- Do all the past papers, they will give you a good idea of how you will fare in the final
- For the philosophy essay, try and book one of the optional sessions with the philosophy lecturer as you mainly learn what philosophy is in the lectures but not how to write/structure your essay
- Maximise your marks in the non-exam components as the final exam can be difficult
- If you're new to programming or are having difficulty with Python, attend the optional Python class
Semester 1 - 2017
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
All lectures are based on the workbook
Gain a good understanding of science
Great lecturers who are not only knowledgeable but also very helpful if you need help
Nice intro to programming
Very difficult if you miss lectures or did not understand part of a tutorial and never followed it up with a tutor
The lecturers are entertaining but this subject is a bit different from the other more "traditional" subjects. There is a focus on maths and programming so if you're not into that then it's probably not for you. I found the tutorials pretty hard at first because I wasn't really quite sure what was required of us. Few mistakes to avoid:
- if you're not a morning person, don't sign up for a morning tutorial. likewise with later arvo tutorials.
- attend the lectures or get talking with the lecturers, they can be very helpful if you show initiative
- go to the end of semester revision session even if you hate the subject and don't understand anything etc. My best piece of advice is to attend the end of sem revision session.
I learned a lot in SCIE1000, not really about the content but a way of problem solving and thinking that is different from high school and has helped me since.
oh and the philosophy lectures, I'm ashamed to say I walked out/didn't attend
As a general overview, the only real positive thing I found for this course was that it was interesting and opened your mind to the science around you, basically, you learned some stuff. Apart from that, I hated this course. It is recommended on (I believe) all the science and mathematics degrees course planners, however was definitely the biggest waste of time as it didn't assist me in anyway.
The lectures: Not entirely necessary as it is easy to catch up by just looking through the course notes, however I would recommend attending some. Be prepared the lecturers are very boring, as they were very 'ordinary' which made it hard to stay awake at times, especially if you're rewatching them at home on the couch.
The tutorials: I'm definitely not an expert on them, as I attended only one. This was because, I found it a waste of time as I understood the general goal of the course and therefore found the course very easy and more of a subject that got in the way of my other, more important subjects. I hated the tutorials the most of everything in the course as I genuinely did not feel the need to attend them, yet they went towards our assessment.
Python class: These were fine as they were optional to attend additionally you could live stream them and watch them online, however due to the course structure it just seemed a bit random. Apart from that, no real issue.
Overall, avoid this course and if you have a free elective take something that interests you rather then taking the course just because its "recommended".
This course has quite a high failure rate and as a result I feel that quite a few people have unfavourable memories it. The course content is quite varied but it does draw a lot on maths and techniques that were covered in high school maths B and C. There are a number of interesting topics throughout the course as it covers a lot of practical applications of the aforementioned mathematical techniques from different scientific contexts. The philosophy module also gets a number of mixed reviews. Personally I found it quite interesting and it really exposed me to a different perspective on how we conduct science but I know that a lot of my friends didn't enjoy it. I guess it just depends if you are into philosophy.
Tutorials were good. They were achievable especially because we could work in pairs. Just make sure that you don't neglect to learn certain topics because your partner does those sections. e.g. the programming sections.
Overall this is a great course especially if you enjoy maths however if you are doing a BSc you will most likely be taking this subject as an elective. Therefore, I would recommend that you do something else like which can give you a more in depth look into the individual topics such as programming(csse1001) or just simply do a maths course.
Let me just begin by saying that SCIE1000 was a gigantic waste of my time. It is a course without a clear concept or outline, with a very difficult to follow structure, and wishy-washy information that is generally given in formats and formulas that make very little sense and do not fit in with the standards found in other maths or science related courses.
The lecturers for this course are the only saving grace. Peter Adams, POD and Anthony are very entertaining and energetic. Watching them is fun for about the first three weeks of lectures before even their antics can no longer disguise that none of them really have a clue about what they are teaching you or the point of the course.
I found the tutorials to be the only worthwhile effort for the course, but they mostly only cover a certain portion of the course rather than try to untangle the mess of subject and topics that get tangled into the course.
Semester 1 - 2015
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Yes and no
Is the textbook necessary?
No clear concept
I still don't understand what the course was about