Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2012 (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 two BIO, BTH, ENV or GEN units and either SCI1020 or STA1010 or STA2010 or permission. Recommended unit: BIO2011