In deciding what to teach in the reviewed and renewed University of the Sunshine Coast Bachelor of Science Program a rigorous analysis was conducted of: science definitions, global trends in tertiary science teaching, future scientific directions, national and regional scientific imperatives and the University of the Sunshine Coast’s research strengths. The School of Science and Engineering blended learning strategy focused on videos of learning activities being uploaded to blackboard as supplemental learning materials to decrease attrition in large first year classes. Implementation of this intervention strategy was investigated in terms of: preparation for class, revision for assessment, replacement for missed classes and development of graduate attributes. The final examination is a high stakes assessment task in most science courses. The Chemistry Major of the Bachelor of Science was implemented in 2013 and will continue in the renewed program. The final examinations of all the courses n the chemistry major were moderated for consistency and progression.
2016 Learning & Teaching Week: 2020 Teaching Visions. 2020 - What's Next?, Sunshine Coast, Australia 31 October - 4 November 2016