Faculty of Science

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Full year 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Gary Dykes


This unit provides advanced instruction on experimental design and data analysis and develops skills in critical thinking and examination of the scientific literature. Students will also examine appropriate Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental issues and learn about the ethical requirements associated with research involving humans and animals. As a part of this unit, students will convene and present a research symposium. This unit relates strongly to the Science Graduate Attributes and provides support for students wishing to develop a career in research science.


On completion of the unit, students:

  1. will understand experimental design and sampling methods relevant to their research project;
  2. can tailor research design and experimental protocols, giving consideration to available resources, occupational health, safety and environment requirements and research ethics;
  3. can critically analyse articles from the scientific literature;
  4. can present scientific ideas and the results of their research (orally and in writing) clearly and effectively, choosing appropriate materials and presentation styles for general and scientific audiences;
  5. can manage their work requirements, both independently and as a member of a team;
  6. will have demonstrated an ability to apply the University's Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental requirements appropriately within the context of their research discipline;
  7. will have demonstrated an ability to apply the University's requirements regarding the ethics of conducting research on humans and/or animals appropriately within the context of their research discipline.


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Workload requirements

Approximately four hours of lectures/workshops per fortnight for 12 weeks (one semester).


Completion of the requirements for levels one to three of the Bachelor of Science and entry into Master of Science Preliminary