Scientific Research in Biology (BIOL4015)

UNIT OF STUDY

Studies in Life Science investigate the dynamics of living organisms and span the levels of biological organization, from the ecosystem to the molecular. Research in the Life Sciences strives to offer explanations as to how organisms function, interact and evolve. A graduate Biologist must be conversant with a wide range of analytical techniques, including quantitative analysis as well as being able to communicate effectively about their research. Students must understand the logical structures which underpin analytical techniques, be able to design experiments based on understanding of biological processes and document their intended research. This course work unit provides the core skills and techniques that will equip students to perform a broad range of laboratory and field studies in biology, develop critical thinking and clear communication skills. Students will be introduced to the appropriate methodologies for data collection, handling and analysis which underpin the successful testing of biological hypotheses, and document their intended research as a grant proposal

Further unit of study information

Classes

13 workshops

Assessment

Research proposal (based on University of Sydney Research and Development scheme) (50%). Written assignment to include data analysis and presentation of analysed results (50%)

Textbooks

Reccomended reading: Dytham, C. (2003) Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologists Guide. 2nd edn. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.
Field, A. (2005) Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. 2nd edn. SAGE publications, London.
Pechenik JA. (2001) A Short Guide to Writing About Biology. 4th Edn. Addison Wesley Longman, Sydney.
Ruxton, G.D. & Colegrave, N. (2003) Experimental Design for the Life Sciences. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Underwood, A.J. (1997) Experiments in Ecology: Their Logical Design and Interpretation using Analysis of Variance. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

Unit of study rules

Prohibitions

BIOL4010, BIOL4009, BINF5003, BINF5002, BIOL4011

Corequisites

BIOL4016

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.