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Faculty Of Science, Technology & Engineering

BIO2POS, 2012

Subject Code:BIO2POS
Subject Short Title:PRACTICE OF SCIENCE
Credit Points:15
Subject Description:The subject provides an introduction to the practice of science and is core for a range of 3rd year science subjects. It explores how science proceeds and how to identify scientific questions. It examines the purpose of null and alternative hypotheses, how to design experiments and explores sampling methods. The course has a strong emphasis on statistical testing of hypotheses. Students will learn the mechanics and limitations of a range of important statistical tests, allowing them to choose appropriate tests and interpret and critically assess the reliability of experimental results. The course will explore the conventions of written and oral scientific communication and the challenges of communicating science to the general public and policy makers. Finally, students will be introduced to ethical behaviour in the practice of science.
Prerequisites:From 2013: Year 12 Mathematics (any), or if no Year 12 Mathematics then one of STA1DCT, STA1LS or MAT1MAB
Class Requirements:Two 1-hr lectures and two 1-hr tutorials per week (or one 2-hr tutorial)
Work Experience Indicator:Student is not undertaking work experience in industry
Available to 'Study Abroad' students:Y

Assessment:

Assessment Type%Comments
Excel training (2.5%) and language test (2.5%)5Online hurdle requirements
Article critique (1000 words)10
Oral presentation (5 mins to tutorial group)5
Critique of popular publication (500 words)5
Statistics assignments (x3)25
3 hr Exam (short answer & multiple choice)50

Readings:

Reading TypeTitleAuthorPublisher
RecommendedExperimental design and data analysis for biologistsQuinn GP & Keough MJ 2002 Cambridge University Press

Subject Coordinator: Dr Heloise Gibb

Subject Availability
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Semester 1, Day. Dr Heloise Gibb (H.Gibb@latrobe.edu.au)