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SCIE1000/SCIE1100 Notes Page

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Page used during final exam. Complete with examples of all relevant functions, methods, and rules.

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A very interesting subject that covers various different scientific content. The workshops involve some computer program that can be quite interesting learn. The assignment is somewhat difficult. The exams are pretty simple if you received a high grade in Maths B in high school (and remember the maths haha).

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019

A very unique subject to the other courses I've done. The content and python coding is a lot easier that people make it out to be, just requires you to think in a slightly different way. The cheat sheet you're allowed to take into exams was very helpful, but the exams mostly relied on logical thinking and reasoning rather than hardcore studying.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

Great introduction to a more scientific way of thinking. Personally found it easier to learn the Python content in my own time but overall worth going to lectures/tutorials.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

Assessment is marked quite hard. Lecturers are amazing! You should ideally have some background in math B, if not, definitely study hard. You can take a cheat sheet into both exams which is a plus, but you still need to study. Don't rely on previous computer programming skills from high school to get you through this course.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

Lots of logical thinking is involved, with mostly maths concepts taught. The maths concepts themselves aren't too hard, it's mainly applying it to questions that is the hard part. The philosophy part wasn't really well integrated as it was so different from the other things we were learning in SCIE1000. Overall, 1st year students should generally be fine in this course.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

An easy course as the materials and assessment are all based on your logical thinking skills. As long as you can understand what the lecturers are trying to say in the lectures, you will be fine.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

Great first year course. Lecturers are awesome, really funny and engaging, and make lectures enjoyable. Tutorials are a waste, but always really easy. Content is easy, and you get to take in a cheat sheet for both exams. 10/10 would recommend.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Overall, this class was incredibly interesting and fun. I found that when I was in lectures I understood 99% of the content. When you are on your own in tutes and completing homework it becomes a little more difficult. You need to find a way to approach questions and figure out exactly what it is asking you. Once you get over that barrier, its an easy-ish course. Make sure you get a tutor to break down python questions for you because they are easy marks to get in exams. Go through past exams and extra tute questions before exams - your brain will thank you for it. Lecturers are awesome and loved listening to them. Definitely opened my mind up to what was happening around the world.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

A really interesting course if you put the time in to attend lectures and engage with the material. The lecturers are truly fantastic - highly intelligent and very entertaining. This is, however, the second most failed course at UQ, and the final exam is basically guaranteed to be a complete disaster, so prepare yourself as well as you can, and have different expectations for this course than you do for others.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

SCIE1000 has fun lectures (with the exception of the philosophy module). It is very important to attend lectures as little will be gained from watching lectures online (this may seem like cliche advice but lecturers act out content, encourage active participation and occasionally turn off their microphones to give out exam tips). The workshops and extra questions are a good way to learn and it is a good idea to complete these extra questions regularly. The python component is a bit difficult, however the workshop component is not too difficult as you can work with a partner, and on the final you are only expected to predict the python output, not write python code. Be warned that many high achieving students that received 7s in all their subjects received a 6 in SCIE - it is not as easy as it may seem. Also, there is a midsem worth a bonus 3% for participation, which is crazy good!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015