UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Conservation Biology; Zoology; Botany; Agricultural Science; Geology; Environmental Science; Natural Resource Management; Geographical Sciences; Marine Science major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 1 elective
Content The unit teaches through four modules, reviewing four major issues in science—biodiversity loss; energy, resources, and pollution; whale and fish stock conservation; and water, carbon and climate change. Students learn from the perspective of practising scientists, and so are involved in data acquisition, data analysis, and the communication of formal scientific information. The unit focuses on statistical and numerical analysis applied to core topics in the natural sciences, and how to present the results of formal analysis effectively.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the scientific information relevant to all four modules; (2) access and manage data sets, and assess the reliability of data; (3) analyse raw data and transform it for t-tests, F-tests, ANOVA and linear regression; (4) understand the relationship between experimental design and the power of a statistical test; and (5) show written evidence of an ability to develop concise, logical arguments using scientific information and numeric data..
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) class preparation and participation; (2) quizzes; and (3) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr James Fogarty
Unit rules
Prerequisites: ATAR Mathemematics Applications;WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher
Co-requisites: MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathemetics Applications; WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrollment in SCIE1104 after you have enrolled in MATH 1720
Incompatibility: STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week; computer labs: 2 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/SCIE1104/SEM-2/2017

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