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BIO3011

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Christopher Johnstone (Clayton); Associate Professor Lan Boon Leong (Sunway)

Synopsis

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).

Outcomes

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.

Assessment

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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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

Prerequisites

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