SLE251 - Research Methods and Data Analysis


2021 unit information

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


EFTSL value: 0.125

Any two level 1 SLE-coded units.


STP010 (for Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment students)

Incompatible with:

HPS201 and HPS301

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 1 hour class per week, 5 x 2 hour computer 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. 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.

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