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Science - Intermediate

Course Code: MATU 0370
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Math Upgrading
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will introduce the student to the methods by which scientific knowledge is gained and organized. Topics are selected from three major areas of study: biology, chemistry and physics; these topics include science and the scientific method, the cell, human biology, introductory chemistry, energy simple machines and electricity. Other topics of interest to students may be investigated.

Course Content

Science and the Scientific Method

  • definitions and methodology
  • experimental design and organizing data
  • measurement and SI units
  • science and technology

The Cell

  • microscopy
  • cell theory, structure and function
  • cell processes
  • cell division
  • cells, tissues, organs, systems

Human Biology

  • skeletal system
  • circulatory system
  • respiratory system
  • digestive system
  • nervous system

Introductory Chemistry

  • matter – measurement, states and properties
  • elements
    • symbols
    • periodic table
    • atomic structure
    • isotopes and atomic mass numbers
  • compounds and formulas
    • bonding
    • oxidation numbers
    • writing formulas and naming compounds
    • polyatomic ions


  • basic concepts – force, work, energy, power
  • forms of energy
    • kinetic and potential
    • Law of Conservation of Energy
    • interchange of forms
  • energy harnessed
    • thermal energy – states of matter, heat transfer, specific and latent heat
    • electrical energy – static and current electricity

Simple Machines

  • force and work
  • measuring work and mechanical advantage
  • simple machines – levers, inclined planes, wedges, screws, pulleys, wheel and axle
  • other machines – gears, movable and compound pulleys, hydraulic systems

Electrical Circuits

  • AC and DC currents
  • measuring current, resistence and voltage
  • Ohm’s Law and related problems
  • series and parallel circuits
  • switches, fuses, breakers
  • safety

Methods of Instruction

A combination of different instructional methods will be used in order to balance instructional efficiency with individual students needs.  Small group instruction, individual assistance (in lab tutorial or scheduled appointments) and student directed learning will be selected where appropriate and possible.

Means of Assessment

A mastery model of on-going evaluation will be used.  A student will have completed the course when he/she has demonstrated through satisfactory completion of exercises and assignments that the course objectives have been achieved.

Where formal tests of specific skills are used, mastery will be defined as a score of 80 percent or more.  Progress will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student.

The student will be expected to maintain regular attendance and progress and to undertake independent learning as directed.  Regular feedback and informal progress reports will be available from the instructor.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of the course are to provide students with opportunities to:

  1. increase their understanding of the concepts and principles of science by considering topics selected from biology, chemistry and physics;
  2. acquire the skills and understand the processes and applications of science;
  3. recognize the uses and limitations of scientific methods;
  4. improve critical thinking skills.

course prerequisites

MATU 0210 & MATU 0360 or permission of instructor

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.