Faculty of Science

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences


Dr Joslin Moore



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Biological data is inherently variable. It is essential therefore that modern biologists be able to assemble and analyse these data to make important scientific advances. This unit will provide students with the tools and frameworks in order to test hypotheses, design rigorous sampling programs, and robust experiments in biology. The ability to critique the methods used by biological studies, make inferences from biological data and optimize experimental approaches will benefit students taking a wide range of research and project based units, as well as interpreting and evaluating studies from the scientific literature.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Construct, test and evaluate scientific hypotheses in biology;
  2. Identify and optimize sampling programs and experiments for answering biological questions;
  3. Critically evaluate biological research projects and assign priority to biological findings;
  4. Identify the most appropriate analysis for a biological dataset;
  5. Make biological inferences from analyses presented in the primary literature.


Final examination: 50%
Continuous assessment: 50%
Note that the continuous assessment will include onine quizzes, analysis of data, design of experiments, presentations and structured debates during tutorial sessions, as well as the evaluation and discussion of publications during tutorials.

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture, one 3-hour tutorial and one 1-hour practical per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


BIO1011 and either BIO1022 or BIO1042