PRACTICE OF SCIENCE

BIO2POS

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will focus on six case studies of biological research and will explore how science proceeds from the generation of a research question to interpretation of the data analysis. Students will explore the biological context for each study, the generation of aims, research questions and hypotheses, the design of experiments and sampling methods, statistical analysis of hypotheses and finally, statistical and biological interpretation of the results. Students will work in small groups on a major experimental design task to apply their learning of these elements of scientific investigation to a novel biological problem.

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 Recommended prerequisite (but not essential): one of STA1DCT, STA1LS, STA1CTS or MAT1MAB

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to SPSS for the Biological SciencesPrescribedDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics, 4th EditionDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics
ReadingsBiostatistics for the Biological and Health Sciences with StatdiskRecommendedMarc M. Triola & Mario F. Triola, 1st EditionPearson
ReadingsIntro Stats, 4/ERecommendedRichard D. De Veaux, Paul F. Velleman, David E. Bock, 4th EditionPearson
ReadingsData and Models, 3/ERecommendedRichard D. De Veaux, Paul F. Velleman, David E. Bock, 3rd EditionPearson
ReadingsExperimental Design for the Life SciencesRecommendedRuxton G & Colegrove N, 3rd EditionOxford University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify the difference between an aim and a hypothesis and transform a research question into a statistical hypothesis format.

Activities:
Lectures, online module, tutorial activities discussions, Experimental design group task

02. Identify, explain and apply the key principles of experimental design to various biological research scenarios

Activities:
Lectures, online module, tutorial activities discussions, Experimental design group task

03. Identify types of variables and levels of measurement, and apply this knowledge to experimental design and statistical analysis by defining a parameter of interest

Activities:
Lectures, online module, tutorial activities discussions, Experimental design group task

04. Identify the appropriate statistical test for analysing data for selected experimental designs and use SPSS to complete the analysis

Activities:
Lectures, online module, tutorial activities discussions, Experimental design group task

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

Activities:
Lectures, online module, tutorial activities discussions, Experimental design group task

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

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.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be required to complete the online module (including a quiz) each week prior to attending the tutorial (approximately 1-2 hours of work"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Experimental design group task (equivalent to 1000 words)Each part of the task contributes10% (group mark 7.5%, individual mark 2.5%) towards the total30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Online and in-class activitiesOnline modules with quizzes are to be completed each week (11 in total). Students will give a short, group oral presentation during the tutorial in week 3.40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
3 hr final exam30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05