Session Summaries


General Maths


This session focuses on financial mathematics in the General Mathematics course. In particular, on understanding annuities and improving your skills to read, comprehend and answer questions related to loans and investments.


Marty Schmude was a high school mathematics teacher for eight years before working at UNE as a Mathematics teacher educator. He has a keen interest in helping people learn mathematics through a relaxed and positive classroom.




HSC booster session allows students to step inside the UNE sports science lab for a hands on, immersive experience. All students get the chance to take part in a number of physical assessments that focus on translating theory into practice. The key focus of this session is upon factors affecting human performance and methods of performance improvement.


Presenter Matt Pine is a Sports Scientist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with over 10 years experience working with elite sport in Sydney. He is currently a research assistant in the School of Science and Technology, and also helps to develop and implement the sports science stream of the UNE Discovery Program.


Physics 1 and 2


A lecture with demonstrations addressing Module 3 "From Ideas to Implementation".

Part 1: Movement of charges, cathode rays and plasmas

Part 2: Hertz's experiment and electromagnetic waves, Planck's radiation law, Photoelectric effect & Superconductors



Dr Stephen Bosi has a research background in superconductivity, renewable energy and medical physics. Currently, he's researching ways to improve CT scans and better ways to image cancer patients to accurately deliver radiation therapy

Mathematics and Extension Mathematics


In the past I have taken the sessions for extension maths, in which we discuss the key ideas of differential calculus in relation to some interesting past HSC exam problems on this important topic.


Dr Adam Harris is a senior lecturer in mathematics at UNE, and currently coordinates one of the main first-year maths units.



NSW Titration Competition


The aim of the competition is to accurately determine the unknown concentration of an acid by using titration techniques. All secondary schools in NSW are invited to participate. The competition is open to students currently enrolled in Preliminary or Higher School Certificate Chemistry or its equivalent at your institution. Students will work in groups of three.


Siew Chong


Biology: Search for better health.


This session investigates the impact of microorganisms on human health, and aims to increase understanding of the microorganisms that live in, on, and around us. Students will learn more about bacteria, fungi and parasites, and the role of the immune system in protecting us from harmful microbes.


Dr Mary McMillan is a lecturer in Biomedical Science at UNE. As a student she studied microbiology and genetics, and went on to complete her PhD in molecular biology. As a researcher she is investigating different ways to diagnose mental illness such as depression, by identifying genetic and biological markers of different depression subtypes. As a lecturer she teach mostly genetics and human development, plus some biochemistry. She is also passionate about science communication, and love sharing her knowledge and ideas with students and the general public.





Biology: Blueprint for Life


Relevant to Biology Curriculum 9.3 Blueprint of Life.  Explicitly covering topics on Evidence of evolution suggests that the mechanisms of inheritance accompanied by selection, allow change over many generations.  Students will move around stations within labs and the new Natural History Museum understanding how the theory of Evolution is supported by the following areas of study:

             Paleantology - including fossils that have been considered as transitional form


             Comparative Embryology

             Comparative anatomy


             Origin of the chordates

             Mammals and Birds


Dr Tommy Leung's background is i Parasitology and Evolutionary Biology. Most of my research concerns the evolution and ecology of interactions between parasites and their host, and how changes in the environment and/or the presence of competitors alter the nature of such interactions.




This session covers the reproductive and digestive systems of ruminants and Monogastric animals. Dissections will be conducted on male and female rats. Rumen fluid will be viewed under the microscope and gas generation in rumen fluid demonstrated.


Dr Fran Cowley


HSC Booster 2018 - Senior Science

Medical Technology ê BIONICS

In this session you'll work in teams of patient, scientist and leader to conduct a firsthand investigation on the effect of exercise on heart rate and heart function using an electrocardiograph (ECG). Come away with a discrete experiment, from introduction and hypothesis through to discussion, conclusion and implications for real world situations. Students will explore heart morphology, and relate this to artificial hearts, transplants and other medical techniques. Listen to blood flow with a Doppler heart beat monitor and determine the composition of your exhalations.


Science educator Chris Smidt will lead this session. Chris has had extensive experience teaching Yr 12 science both in Australia and overseas. UNE Discovery Program Leader Dr Kirsti Abbott will be on logistics and interpretation, and technician extraordinaire Craig Lawlor will be facilitating technical apparatus and machines that go ping! You'll also get to chat with a local GP, who put into practice the techniques and concepts you'll be learning about.


Agriculture - Precision Agriculture


Connecting to our farming future

Presenter: David Lamb

Precision Agriculture Research Group, University of New England Armidale NSW Australia,


Precision agriculture (îPA') kicked off in the 1990's when we first gained access to satellite navigation systems (bett er known for its U.S. version the îglobal positioning systems'- GPS).  At the time PA, which was about measuring and managing crops and pastures at a sub-paddock-scale, was supported by a limited bag of tools like on-board yield monitors on harvesters, on-the-go soil survey kit like EM38's and satellite or airborne remote sensing system that took images of crops and pastures in wavelengths we couldn't see. But b y the turn of this new century the language changed. When and why did precision agriculture (PA) become SMART Farming? [SMART = Sustainable, Manageable and Accessible Rural Technologies?]. Today we are faced with a veritable explosion in tools and methods that allow us to more precisely manage our crops, pastures, and even livestock. Farming is a human endeavour but there is no denying the improvement that assistive technologies, and the data they produce, will make to production efficiencies and productivity. In fact unlocking the power of îdigital agriculture' right now would add an extra 25% to agricult ral productivity in Australia.

Today PA, still seeks to manage crops, pastures and livestock at the unit scale- but this unit is shrinking down to be individual plants and animals (no longer paddocks or even îsub-paddock'). A d to achieve this SMART Farming includes technologies like wireless sensor networks (WSNs), low-cost sensors that measure soil moisture, plant biomass and local climate conditions, and devices that sit on our livestock and machinery. The so-called îinternet of things' is more than smart houses and cities. [S art houses may be how we all may soon live, but smart farms is how we will survive]. Our paddocks and livestock will become sources of high quality, real-time, biophysical data and will support day to day decisions and intelligent and autonomous systems operating both on ground and in the air.  

This presentation will cover some of the emerging technology opportunities underpinning our SMART farming future.