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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ross Thompson and Dr Patrick Baker (Clayton); Dr Charles Clarke (Sunway)


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 (2.5 hours): 50%
Practical examination (2 hours):25%
Practical work and assignments: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ross Thompson

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 unit: BIO2011