PRACTICE OF SCIENCE
Credit points: 15
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 .
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Available as ElectiveNo
Prerequisites Completion of 60 credit points of first year level subjects
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Experimental Design for the Life Sciences
AuthorRuxton G & Colegrove N
PublisherOxford University Press
Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
Total hours/days requiredN/A
Location of WBL activity (region)N/A
WBL addtional requirementsN/A
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 1, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPam Hurst
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Unscheduled Online Class
Five 1.00 h 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 should complete online learning activities before attempting the quizzes."
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
|Experimental design group task (900 word equivalent, per student) The task comprises two parts: Part A (contribution to groupwork equivalent to 250 words) 10%. Part B (individual submission equivalent to 650 words) 20%. Groupwork will commence in week 1 of semester.||N/A||N/A||No||30||SILO1, SILO2, SILO4|
|Seven online quizzes (700 word equivalent total) Best five quiz marks contribute to final mark||N/A||N/A||No||10||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5|
|2 hr end-of semester exam (2000 word equivalent)||N/A||N/A||No||30||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5|
|Group oral presentation (200-word equivalent) Students will give a short, group oral presentation during the workshop in week 2.||N/A||N/A||No||5||SILO1|
|Two data analysis assignments (700 word equivalent total)||N/A||N/A||No||25||SILO3, SILO4, SILO5|