Human Sciences and Data Analytics major (MJD-HSDEM)

As the world becomes increasingly globalised, the importance of understanding and respecting cultural and physical differences between individuals becomes critical. The core units within this undergraduate program will provide students with the theoretical framework to understand how biological and cultural variation occurs, what forces shape this variation between and within populations, and how we can use this information to inform us about current social dilemmas and aid in finding solutions. These critical concepts are explored in this extended major via a sequence of units that examine the biology of 'being human' in today's world with an emphasis on how biology and behaviour of humans are influenced by genetic, developmental, ecological and cultural factors; these are complex interactions and often are associated with ‘big data'.

What is unique about this extended major is the concurrent development of data/analytical analysis skills in understanding complex biological systems. The sequence of data analysis/statistical units will develop an understanding of study design, data types (often observational), ways of understanding complex relationships, ability to make predictions and model interactions in actual biological systems.

Importantly, this extended major enhances skills needed for the future such as analytical thinking and innovation, critical thinking, complex problem-solving and programming. Furthermore, the suite of units in the program will develop other relevant transferable skills for effective communication and engagement with the community, government and industry groups involved in social and public health policies, as well as prepare students for honours in a broad range of areas in Science and Health.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the evolutionary processes that determine human differences within and between populations; (2) apply acquired knowledge to clearly define questions about human evolutionary and behavioural biology and ecology, particularly in relation to the processes by which humans adapt and acclimate to their natural environments; (3) acquire knowledge of, and demonstrate, techniques for seeking out information or designing experiments to answer questions related to issues in the fields of human evolutionary and behavioural biology and ecology; (4) critically assimilate, analyse and discuss information acquired on social, biological and economic issues from a human evolutionary biology perspective; (5) develop an awareness of how the principles of human evolutionary biology can inform the study of human biology, social, and public health policy; (6) apply appropriate techniques to the collection, visual presentation, analysis and interpretation of data from a wide range of sources; and (7) select appropriate mathematical/statistical models for complex biological systems.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so and to pursue as many areas of interest as you can during your course of study.

Recommended minors
OneHealth: Human Health and Environment
Science Communication

Prerequisites

Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher or Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in the first year. Students without ATAR mathematics will take two first year mathematics units.
Chemistry ATAR or equivalent or higher or an additional chemistry unit taken in the first year.

Human Sciences and Data Analytics can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

Human Sciences and Data Analytics is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • seven Level 1 units
  • five Level 2 units
  • six Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2022

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, SS PHIL1002 Introduction to Critical Thinking
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PHIL1105 Introduction to Critical Thinking
S2 SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) Human Biology
or
equivalent
or
ATAR Subject(s) Biology
or
equivalent
or
Unit(s) ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
Unit(s) ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
Unit(s) IMED1001 Form and Function and Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
equivalent
or
Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCIE2225 Molecular Biology
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Applications
or
Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1, S2 STAT1400 Statistics for Science
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Bridging units
Bridging units must be successfully completed within the first 48 points of study.Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1721 or SCIE1500 (SCIE1500 recommended). Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1720 and either MATH1721 or SCIE1500 (SCIE1500 recommended). Note: MATH1721 should be taken if also considering minors that require it for progression to level 2 (e.g. Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Computer Science). Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete CHEM1003.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
with permission
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of 50
or
greater]
or
Equivalent
or
higher
S1, S2 MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals )
or
( Mathematics Methods ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics
S1, S2 SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Subject Mathematics Applications
or
Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (ID 5107)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Methods and Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (ID 5108)

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ANHB2216 Human Reproductive Biology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
Unit(s) ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
Unit(s) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or
Unit(s) IMED1108 Issues in Women's Health Across the Lifespan
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Prerequisites:
Level 1 12 Points Biology 6 Points of which must be
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1019)
or
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication (ID 5967)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 STAT2401 Analysis of Experiments
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 STAT2402 Analysis of Observations
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 GENE3370 Genomics
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 STAT3064 Statistical Learning
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the MJD-CDSDM Computing and Data Science major
or
the MJD-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics major
or
the MJD-DATSC Data Science major
or
the MJD-HSDEM Human Sciences and Data Analytics major ) and ( STAT2401 Analysis of Experiments and STAT2402 Analysis of Observations )
or
STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
STAT4067 Applied Statistics and Data Visualisation and STAT5061 Statistical Data Science
S1 STAT3401 Advanced Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the MJD-QTMTD Quantitative Methods major
or
the MJD-CDSDM Computing and Data Science major
or
the MJD-HSDEM Human Sciences and Data Analytics major ) and ( STAT2401 Analysis of Experiments and STAT2402 Analysis of Observations )
or
STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
STAT4065 Multilevel and Mixed-Effects Modelling
S1 STAT3406 Applied Statistics and Data Visualisation
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the MJD-QTMTD Quantitative Methods major
or
the MJD-HSDEM Human Sciences and Data Analytics major
or
the MNR-ASTAT Applied Statistical Learning minor ) and ( STAT2401 Analysis of Experiments and STAT2402 Analysis of Observations )
or
STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
STAT4064 Applied Predictive Modelling
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation (ID 1171)
or
Unit(s) ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
or
Unit(s) ANHB3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ANHB3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation
or
Unit(s) ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
or
Unit(s) ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Human Sciences and Data Analytics degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Human Sciences course.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

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You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.