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 Christopher Johnstone



  • First semester 2016 (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 be able to:

  1. Explain the basic principles underlying the philosophy of science;

  1. Design testable hypotheses and predictions in biological investigations;

  1. Demonstrate critical, analytical skills in writing, assessing and publishing scientific papers and reports and interpretation of biological data;

  1. Evaluate and determine the suitability of different statistical approaches to analyse biological data;

  1. Apply current techniques of statistical analysis.


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

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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


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