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SLE251 - Research Methods and Data Analysis

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:

SBS251

EFTSL value:

0.125

Unit chair:

Matthew Symonds

Prerequisite:Any 2 level one science course-grouped units
Corequisite:

STP010

Incompatible with:

HPS201, HPS301

Contact hours:

2 x 1 hour classes per week, 5 x 2 hour computer practicals per trimester.

Content

Data is everywhere in the world. Without knowing how to interpret or use information from the data it would be difficult to understand its meaning. Scientific methods are techniques for investigating a phenomenon, acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. SLE251 aims to aid students develop knowledge in using statistics to summarise, describe and interpret scientific data and perform statistical inferences. In this unit, students will develop knowledge of the fundamentals of scientific research methodologies and analytical techniques for answering real-world questions. This will involve learning about the principles of hypothesis testing and experimental design. Students will also be required to use statistical software to analyse data and interpret results using tests of population means, analysis of variance, chi-square tests, correlation and linear regression. They will also learn through career education how to articulate that the skills they have acquired are relevant and appropriate to future employers.

Assessment

Online test 10%, practical reports 20%, scientific report 40%, examination 30%

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