ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis

6 points
(see Timetable)
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
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) team project; and (3) a final examination. 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 Hongwei An
Unit rules
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
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods)
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - 100).
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week
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