UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Environmental specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mining specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Civil specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit helps students develop an understanding of how to collect and analyse data to characterise natural systems. Students are introduced to each step of the investigative process, starting from asking a scientific and sound question, developing a sampling strategy, collecting the data, analysing the data, testing the hypothesis and eventually drawing one or more conclusions. The unit uses team-based learning, in which the majority of class time is spent solving complex problems in teams.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) appreciate why statistical analysis is crucial in the study of natural systems; (2) use statistics to determine if signals observed in the field are significant; (3) quantitatively describe the strength of a relationship between two variables measured in the field; (4) interpret temporal signals in data to aid understanding of forcing processes; (5) work closely with a team of peers to arrive at a superior engineering solution; and (6) clearly and concisely communicate the results of a project in oral and written forms.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-class tests and team assessments; (2) an individual project presentation and a report; (3) a final examination; and (4) peer evaluation of contribution to team activities. 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) Professor Yuxia Hu
Unit rules
Prerequisites: completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major, including (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods) and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Incompatibility: ENVE2601 Data Collection and Analysis
Contact hours lectures: 3 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENSC3012/SEM-2/2017
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