Scientific Method and Communication (ENSY4001)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit of study aims to develop a student's ideas about the nature of scientific research, and how it is achieved and the findings communicated. Through attending lectures and workshops students will consider what research is and how it is directed through knowing the scientific method, achieved through good experimental design, and interpreted using critical evaluation. Students will be required to deconstruct and evaluate their research proposals, know what it means to write for the sciences, and how research findings are communicated to the scientific community and wider public. This unit will develop skills in reading scientific literature and the need for a well defines research question and suitable research framework. Students will enhance their intellectual and personal autonomy through evaluating and preparing critiques of research writing and communication.

Further unit of study information

Classes

1 Lec/wk, 1 (3hr) Workshop/wk

Assessment

Submission of 4 written Workshop reports (Deconstructing a research proposal, Critique of Scientific and Popular Article, From research to publication, Scientific Poster (Draft)) (4x25%)

Textbooks

Bjorn Gustavii, HOW TO WRITE AND ILLUSTRATE A SCIENTIFIC PAPER, 2008, Cambridge

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

Unit of study rules

Prohibitions

AFNR5904, AFNR5901

Corequisites

AFNR4101

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.