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SCI2020 - Scientific methodologies and research techniques

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Roslyn Gleadow


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


his unit prepares students for scientific research by providing practical and theoretical training in planning, undertaking and documenting scientific research projects. It also covers an appreciation of the 'scientific method', key issues in the scientific workplace, including safety, ethics and intellectual property, and it develops teamwork and communication skills. A series of guest lectures on recent advances in science exposes students to current and emerging research areas. The unit is only available to Bachelor of Science Advanced (with Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program) students, and to students in the Dean's List, or by invitation of the Faculty of Science.


On completion of this unit students should have further developed an understanding of how scientific research is conducted and communicated; have enhanced their ability to analyse and evaluate data; be able to appreciate the ways in which scientists interact with each other, policy makers, managers and the wider community; have further developed their appreciation of ethical issues in science and its application; and have further developed the generic skills necessary to acquire, critically analyse and communicate complex scientific ideas and information.


Examination (2 hours): 30%
Workshop tasks: 30%
Project: 40%
Workshop tasks may include tutorial presentations, group work, written tasks, in-class tests and participation. Students must pass the project component to pass the unit overall.

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures per week and one 2-hour tutorial per week