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BIO3011 - Research methods in biology

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Murray Logan


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)


The philosophy of science. Writing and assessing scientific papers and reports. The analysis and interpretation of biological data, especially the design and analysis of experiments. This unit is a pre-requisite unit for Honours in Biology (BIO4100 and BIO4200).


On completion of this unit, students will understand the basic principles underlying the philosophy of science, understand and develop critical, analytical skills in writing, assessing and publishing scientific papers and reports and interpretation of biological data. Students will develop basic skills in the process of obtaining research funding. A specific aim of the unit is for students to develop skills in, and become familiar with design and analysis of experiments and biological sampling programs.


Theory examination (3 hours): 50%
Practical examination (1 hour):25% Practical work and assignments: 25%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and equivalent of 3 hours laboratory/tutorials per week


12 points from level 2 BIO, BTH, ENV or GEN units and either SCI1020 or STA1010 or STA2010 or permission. Recommended units: BIO2011 or BIO2051