SLE251 - Research Methods and Data Analysis


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: SBS251
EFTSL value: 0.125

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

Corequisite: Nil
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.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 1 hour online lectures per week; 5 x 2 hour practical experience (laboratory) 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.  Additionally, in this Unit students will demonstrate and learn to articulate the discipline and transferable skills gained from the unit and apply what they have their learnt through the creation of a professional experience plan to help build the opportunities and experiences they require to meet their career goals.

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