UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BIOL4404 Experimental Zoology

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Zoology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content This unit provides an advanced-level introduction to research methodology in the field of Zoology. Students work in groups and learn to devise a research question from the relevant literature; source materials and equipment required using the formal protocols of the School of Animal Biology; write an Animal Ethics Application, where appropriate; carry out an experimental methodology in Zoology (field- or laboratory-based); analyse data; and report on results both in an oral setting and in written form. The unit provides advanced-level training in research for students intending to seek employment in government and private industries with a biological/conservation focus, and those intending to advance to higher degree research with an academic objective in mind.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) write a research question based on the relevant literature; (2) understand the protocols of the School and University with respect to issues such as purchasing equipment, using vehicles and writing Animal Ethics applications; (3) develop skills in field- or laboratory-based zoological experimental methods; (4) write a paper suitable for publication in peer-reviewed scientific press based on the project, incorporating the standard sections of introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion and references; and (5) present the report orally in a public setting.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a written report (80 per cent) and (2) seminar (20 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr James O'Shea
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study: major in Zoology or equivalent
Contact hours 5 days (1 day per fortnight; total workload for the unit is 150 hours)

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