bio5sis skills in science




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills in critical analysis, problem solving and data analysis and presentation. The subject will use published journal articles together with a range of scientific problems to support learning of these skills. The subject does not contain a practical component but complements practical subjects and thesis writing subjects through the analysis of data and experimental design components. These skills form an essential part of any upper level scientific study program. In completing tasks for this subject, students are expected to draw on their prior learning and experiences in scientific problem solving.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJeff Yeoman

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: SGBB or SMBB or SMBM or SMBT or SMNT or PSMSC or SZHSMN or SMCHS. All other students require coordinator approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Recognise and apply appropriate vocabulary to describe experiments

Experimental Design Lectures and Quiz

02. Analyse experiments critically

Experimental Design Lecturesand Quiz Analysing Literature Lectures and Quiz

03. Report data in a relevant, meaningful and clear context

Analysing Literature Lectures and Quiz

04. Convey an understanding of current scientific methodology through written communication

Grant Report Writing

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeff Yeoman

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 32 - 43
Two 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Grant proposal assignment (2,000-word equivalent)Students will work throughout the semester on designing a project suitable for a research grant application. Assessment will consist of both a 500 word 'press release' and the final template-based ~1500 word grant proposal.3501, 03, 04
Grant proposal planning (1,000-word equivalent)Students will write an annotated bibliography of relevant research articles and prepare a template-based 'Expression of Interest' document to precede the grant proposal assignment.1502, 04
5 minute individual oral presentation (500-word equivalent)Students will analyse and explain and experiment from one scientific journal article using a maximum of one slide.1001, 02, 03
Two 1 hour tests (1,000- words equivalent each, total 2,000-word equivalent)Students will sit an in-class written test consisting of both multiple choice and short answer problem-solving questions at the end of each lecture block.4001, 02, 03