BIO4280 - Honours coursework in tropical environmental biology - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Science

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Thoo Yin Yin


Dr Thoo Yin Yin

Unit guides



  • Full year 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 to First semester 2020 (On-campus)


Enrolment in an approved Honours or Postgraduate Diploma in science in the discipline of Tropical environmental biology




This unit provides advanced instruction in quantitative methods, thesis writing and current topics to students enrolled in the honours program in biology. Students will gain an understanding of advanced experimental design, data analysis and scientific writing that will assist them in completing their honours thesis. Further classes and coursework relating to current topics in biology will assist students in critical analysis of journal articles, providing further support for their academic development in research science.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of experimental design and sampling methods that are relevant to their research project;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of resource limitation on experimental design and implementation;
  3. Critically analyse articles from the scientific literature and use this ability to enhance the quality of their own written work;
  4. Express themselves clearly and effectively to a scientific audience;
  5. Write and manage assessment tasks expeditiously and competently.


Essay: 50%

Statistics coursework: 30%

Examination: 20%

Workload requirements

  • One to three hours of lectures and/or tutorials per week over 12 weeks

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