UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANHB3310 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations I

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anatomy and Human Biology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content In this unit students establish necessary skills for the investigative process including rigorous definition of problems and questions; careful and appropriate design of experiments and selection of method; creative thinking; careful acquisition of data (from literature, field or laboratory work); rigorous but imaginative validation, manipulation and interpretation of data; and presentation of investigations both as written and verbal reports. Using these techniques, students carry out their own group projects to independently investigate the organisation of a specific issue arising from their studies in other Level 3 units in Anatomy and Human Biology. The flexible structure of the unit allows for reading, tutorials and practical project work in areas of particular interest to individuals or small groups of students. Some flexibility of scheduling is also possible, with the consultation and consent of the unit coordinator.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) achieve an understanding of (a) the nature of the scientific method, including history and philosophy of science; (b) the basis for the ethics of experimentation, particularly that involving humans and other animals, and the procedures required for ethics approval at the University of Western Australia; (c) the underpinnings of rigorous definition of problems and questions, the careful and appropriate design of experiments, the critical importance of good controls, the selection of methods, and the power and limits of interpretation of results; (d) methods for careful acquisition of data from literature, survey, field or laboratory work; (e) methods for rigorous but imaginative validation, manipulation and interpretation of data; (f) methods for rigorous and critical approaches to experimental design and interpretation including techniques for establishing controls for extraneous variables in different forms of research; (g) methods for presenting data orally and report writing; and (h) methods of sourcing career opportunities; (2) perform the necessary skills for the investigative process including (a) effective teamwork; (b) specific investigative techniques including use of the library and databases, statistics, computers, image capture and analysis, data collection and organisation; (c) generic skills including scientific writing, compilation of ethics and grant applications; and (d) presentation of investigations both as written and verbal reports; and (3) apply (a) a creative and open approach to scientific knowledge and problems; (b) understanding of the need to communicate openly and share skills and knowledge; (c) an appreciation of the value of constructive criticism of one's own and others' work; (d) faith in the experimental approach to furthering knowledge; and (e) a desire to pursue further studies.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) group project report and presentation; (2) statistics assessment; and (3) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Peter Mark
Unit rules
Co-requisites: ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society; ANHB3323 Cells, Tissues and Development or ANHB3324 Human Structure and Function
Advisable prior study: some Level 2 biological science is assumed
Incompatibility: ANHB3320 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations II
Contact hours lectures: 1 x 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week; labs: 1 x 2 hours per week or equivalent spent on project work
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANHB3310/SEM-1/2017

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