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SLE251 - Research Methods and Data Analysis

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
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Unit chair:

Matthew Symonds

Prerequisite:Any 2 level one science course-grouped units


Incompatible with:

HPS201, HPS301

Contact hours:

2 x 1 hour class per week, equivalent of up to 1 class per week delivered online via CloudDeakin, 5 x 2 hour practicals per trimester.


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. In most scientific inquiry, statistics is used as both a method and a tool for interpreting information, testing hypotheses and analysing the inferences people make about the real-world. 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 research ethics for reasoning real-world situations. Students will be required to use statistical software and calculators to analyse data and interpret results for experimental and sampling designs, tests on population means and proportions, chi-square tests, correlation and linear regression, and one-way ANOVA.


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

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