SCI100 Professionalism and Communication in Science (8)

This subject will provide foundation level professional skills for students studying a diverse range of science disciplines including: agricultural and environmental sciences, nursing, allied health and medical/clinical sciences or physical sciences. It introduces key knowledge and skills that will enable students to discern valid sources of evidence and to communicate information in an academic manner. Specifically, students will build on their numeracy, academic writing and digital literacy skills while developing an ability to analyse and evaluate information. This subject will assist students to develop their self reflection and self assessment skills in order to establish a foundation for professional lifelong learning. Being professional is not only about being competent and skilful but it also means behaving in an ethical way. In this subject students will start to consider and plan for their future area/s of employment and explore what it means to be a professional in their chosen discipline/s.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Incompatible Subjects

AHT101, BMS105, ENM109, HIP100, NRS111, SCI101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the concepts of academic integrity, ownership, intellectual property, and copyright, and apply these concepts through correct use of attribution and referencing
  • be able to locate information relevant to the discipline, evaluate the sources of that information, and select high quality evidence-based information to formulate and support an academic argument
  • be able to perform basic mathematical calculations including basic operations, fractions, percentages, rates and ratios
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical issues related to the discipline
  • be able to utilise various technologies to compose a range of academic documents using appropriate conventions
  • be able to reflect on self as a learner and identify learning opportunities which facilitate the development of lifelong learning skills
  • be able to recognise specific career pathways and the associated skills to support professional requirements


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Transition to University
  • Academic, digital and information literacies
  • Mathematical skills for your discipline
  • Evidence based practice
  • Communicating as an informed professional
  • Professional and ethical issues
  • Lifelong learning and your career


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.