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Scientific Research in Biology - BIOL4015

Year - 2018

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

Classes
13 workshops

Assessment
Research proposal (based on University of Sydney Research and Development scheme) (60%), written assignment to include data analysis and presentation of analysed results (40%)

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. and 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

Additional information
BIOL4016 corequisite not required by Bioinformatics Masters Research Stream students.

Co-requisites

BIOL4016

Prohibitions

BIOL4009 or BIOL4010 or BIOL4011 or BINF5002 or BINF5003

Details

Faculty: Science

Semester 1

05 Mar 2018

Department/School: Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2018
Unit of study level: Honours
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
Faculty: Science

Semester 2

30 Jul 2018

Department/School: Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2018
Unit of study level: Honours
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Prof Ashley Ward
HECS Band: 2
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