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FOSE3005 – Global Challenges Project

2021 – Full year 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Scott Wilson
Room 438, 12 Wally's Walk
Credit points Credit points
20
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(FOSE2005 or FOSC201) and 50cp at 2000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In this unit students will develop their understanding of global challenges by undertaking a large scale project applying Science and Technology to a significant real world problem. Students will work in groups at developing innovative and practical solutions to their chosen problem. Problems will be chosen from across the spectrum of challenges facing modern society, such as sustainable development, climate change, resource management, data security, health and global decision making. The group project will enable students to continue developing their skills in leadership, communication, entrepreneurial practice, reflection and leadership.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Analyse a complex global problem and propose a solution to an aspect or instance of that problem.
  • ULO2: Apply core knowledge from their discipline to the solution of a real world problem.
  • ULO3: Plan a major project, including the design of necessary processes, information management and records keeping.
  • ULO4: Communicate about science and technology, in the context of global challenges, to a variety of audiences.
  • ULO5: Work effectively, constructively and safely, as an individual and as part of a team, applying knowledge of ethical principles and professional conduct.

General Assessment Information

Detailed information regarding each assessment task will be provided on the Unit's iLearn page.

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Background To issue 20% No 26/03/2021
Market Analysis and Feasibility report 20% No 21/05/2021
Active participation in Workshops 10% No Various dates across the unit
Pitch 10% No 08/10/2021
Final report 40% No 29/10/2021

Background To issue

Assessment Type 1: Literature review
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 26/03/2021
Weighting: 20%

This essay will outline in detail the background of the problem the project is aiming to solve and a brief proposal to solve it.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse a complex global problem and propose a solution to an aspect or instance of that problem.
  • Apply core knowledge from their discipline to the solution of a real world problem.
  • Communicate about science and technology, in the context of global challenges, to a variety of audiences.

Market Analysis and Feasibility report

Assessment Type 1: Project
Indicative Time on Task 2: 60 hours
Due: 21/05/2021
Weighting: 20%

Using principles taught in workshops, students will assess the feasibility of the proposal by interviewing a minimum of 20 stakeholders.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Plan a major project, including the design of necessary processes, information management and records keeping.
  • Communicate about science and technology, in the context of global challenges, to a variety of audiences.
  • Work effectively, constructively and safely, as an individual and as part of a team, applying knowledge of ethical principles and professional conduct.

Active participation in Workshops

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Various dates across the unit
Weighting: 10%

Assessment of the extent of active, willful and consistent participation in activities and workshops held.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Plan a major project, including the design of necessary processes, information management and records keeping.
  • Work effectively, constructively and safely, as an individual and as part of a team, applying knowledge of ethical principles and professional conduct.

Pitch

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 08/10/2021
Weighting: 10%

The pitch will be aimed at investors so will heavily focus on financial feasibility of the project.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Communicate about science and technology, in the context of global challenges, to a variety of audiences.
  • Work effectively, constructively and safely, as an individual and as part of a team, applying knowledge of ethical principles and professional conduct.

Final report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 29/10/2021
Weighting: 40%

A report in form of a stripped down business plan will be presented that communicates the most salient aspets of the project including submissions of prototypes of products or services.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse a complex global problem and propose a solution to an aspect or instance of that problem.
  • Apply core knowledge from their discipline to the solution of a real world problem.
  • Communicate about science and technology, in the context of global challenges, to a variety of audiences.
  • Work effectively, constructively and safely, as an individual and as part of a team, applying knowledge of ethical principles and professional conduct.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Each student group is responsible for the delivery of a report on an environmental/ societal issue or need to a client. The client may be either inside or outside the University. The projects are real projects that the client wants done to advance their environmental or sustainability practice in one way or another.

The teaching and learning strategy includes:

• skills workshops ;

• self learning resources on handling group work for clients;

• regular group meetings on managing team processes, project management, and substantive components of the task with the convenor;

• group interaction, dialogue and problem solving in a participative way;

• through class interaction, practice of presentations;

• learning to give and receive professional feedback from peers;

• reflection on your own professional practice;

• feedback from clients.

Technology and Resources

There is an ilearn site associated with this unit. This will be the main form of communication for detailed information and updates. Students must be able to access the internet to research background for these projects. Some resources such as equipment, laboratories and minor consumables may be available for student use.

 

Unit Schedule

 

The unit will have 10 formal workshop style classes plus informal update meetings. This will be scheduled at fortnightly intervals. As the unit is project based, work outside of these times and in session breaks is likely to be required.

 

 

FOSE3005 Unit Schedule 2021

S1 Week

Topic

 Assessment

1

 

Unit Overview and 

Project Ideas

 

3

Writing Literature Reviews

 

5

Scoping a Project

Literature Review (20%) – 26/03/2021

7

Project Updates

 

9

 Feasibility Reporting

 

11

 Meeting Client Needs

Proposal and Feasibility report (20%) – 21/05/2021

13 

 Project Updates

 

Mid Year Break

Some project work may be required

 

S2 Week

 

 

1

Presenting to a Client

 

3

Project Updates

 

5

Data Interpretation and analysis

 

7

 

Reporting to Clients

 

9

Practice Presentations

 Presentation to Client (10%) – 08/10/2021

11

Project Updates

 Final Report (40%) – 29/10/2021

 

13

Project Reflection

Participation (10%) – All formal classes

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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