PRACTICE OF SCIENCE

BIO2POS

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

BIO2POS is a second year level biology subject which explores both experimental design issues and the use of statistics to analyse data from experiments. Basic statistical concepts and aspects of experimental design will be introduced, followed by in-depth exploration of case studies of biological research. Using this knowledge, students will work in small groups to identify a gap in knowledge by locating and synthesising published research on a topic, create a novel research aim and hypothesis and, further develop the design of a theoretical experiment to test the hypothesis (including consideration of ethical issues associated with the proposed research). Group work will commence in week 1. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential by developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions, now and in the future. 

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFiona Bird

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 60 credit points of first year level subjects

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsExperimental Design for the Life SciencesRecommendedRuxton G & Colegrove N, 3rd EditionOxford University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify what makes a hypothesis scientific and transform a research question into a hypothesis format.

Activities:
Lectures, online module, tutorial activities discussions, Experimental design group task
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Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Identify, explain and apply experimental design elements to various biological research questions

Activities:
Lectures, online module, tutorial activities discussions, Experimental design group task
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Identify types of variables and levels of measurement, and apply this knowledge to experimental design and statistical analysis.

Activities:
Lectures, online module, tutorial activities discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

04. Identify the appropriate statistical test for analyzing data for selected experimental designs and interpret SPSS outputs.

Activities:
Lectures, online module, tutorial activities discussions, Experimental design group task
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Describe and interpret the results of analysis of biological experiments using statistical and biological terms

Activities:
Lectures, online module, tutorial activities discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFiona Bird

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Lectures must be scheduled before the first tutorial of the week."

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Tutorial rooms with data projector for weeks 10, 11, 12, 18, 19 Computer labs with data projector for weeks 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 Computer labs must match the timetable of tutorial rooms. Students do group work and are to remain in the same session each week."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
Five 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Students will complete online learning activities before attempting the quizzes."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Experimental design group task (equivalent to 750 words)The task comprises two parts: Part A (contribution to groupwork equivalent to 250 words) 10%. Part B (individual submission equivalent to 500 words) 20%. Groupwork will commence in week 1 of semester.30 01, 02, 04
Online learning activities and quizzes (x 5 equivalent to 250 words each)Online modules with quizzes are to be completed during the subject (5 quizzes in total).15 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1.5 hr end-of semester exam30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Group oral presentation (equivalent to 250 words)Students will give a short, group oral presentation during the tutorial in week 2.5 01
Assignments (x 2 equivalent to 250 words each)20 03, 04, 05