6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2019 (On-campus)
12 points from level two BIO, BTH, ENV or GEN units and eitheror or STA2010 or permission.
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 framework to understand biological information, to test hypotheses, and to design robust experiments in biology. The ability to critique the methods used by scientific studies, make inferences from quantitative data, and optimize experimental approaches will benefit students taking a wide range of research and project-based units. Focus will be placed on interpreting and evaluating studies from the scientific literature and communicating biological findings to a range of audiences. This unit is a prerequisite unit for Honours in Biology and Genetics (and ).
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Construct, test, and evaluate scientific hypotheses in biology;
- Design and optimize experiments for answering biological questions;
- Choose and justify an appropriate analysis for a biological dataset and research question;
- Critically evaluate biological findings and make inferences from analyses presented in the literature;
- Effectively communicate the outcomes of biological programs and experiments to a range of audiences.
Theory examination (2 hours): 50%
Continuous assessment: 50%
- Two 1-hour lectures
- The equivalent of 3 hours laboratory/tutorials per week
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