School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Grand Challenges in the Natural Sciences (15 credits)

Module code: SBC5211

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Weeks 1, 2, 6: Monday 3 pm - 4 pm
  • Semester 1: Weeks 1, 2, 6, 9: Monday 3 pm - 4 pm
  • Semester 1: Weeks 9: Monday 2 pm - 3 pm
  • Semester 1: Weeks 1, 2, 6, 12: Monday 2 pm - 3 pm

Contact: Dr Greg Szulgit
Overlap: SBC5212
Prerequisite: None

Human society in the 21st century faces major challenges, which science can help to find solutions for - for example, climate change, population growth & consumption, healthy aging, dementia, conservation biology, resilience to natural disaster, antibiotic resistance, etc.

In this module, students will identify a contemporary 'grand challenge' for science about which they are passionate, and will develop a student-led group project which addresses an aspect of their challenge. Group projects will develop an outcome in relation to their chosen grand challenge - for example: an application for grant funding, development of a public engagement video or website, or a conference presentation. Students will be expected to present their findings in a public forum, and to engage with the public or other relevant stakeholders dependent on the topic area.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 65.0% Practical, 35.0% Coursework
Level: 5