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Unit Overview


In this unit students establish necessary skills for the investigative process including rigorous definition of problems and questions; careful and appropriate design of experiments and selection of method; creative thinking; careful acquisition of data (from literature, field or laboratory work); rigorous but imaginative validation, manipulation and interpretation of data; and presentation of investigations both as written and verbal reports. Using these techniques, students carry out their own group projects to independently investigate the organisation of a specific issue arising from their studies in other Level 3 units in Anatomy and Human Biology. The flexible structure of the unit allows for reading, tutorials and practical project work in areas of particular interest to individuals or small groups of students. Some flexibility of scheduling is also possible, with the consultation and consent of the unit coordinator.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anatomy and Human Biology major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) knowledge—achieve an understanding of (a) the nature of the scientific method, including history and philosophy of science; (b) the basis for the ethics of experimentation, particularly that involving humans and other animals, and the procedures required for ethics approval at The University of Western Australia; (c) the underpinnings of rigorous definition of problems and questions, the careful and appropriate design of experiments, the critical importance of good controls, the selection of methods, and the power and limits of interpretation of results; (d) methods for careful acquisition of data from literature, survey, field or laboratory work; (e) methods for rigorous but imaginative validation, manipulation and interpretation of data; (f) methods for rigorous and critical approaches to experimental design and interpretation including techniques for establishing controls for extraneous variables in different forms of research; (g) methods for presenting data orally and report writing; and (h) methods of sourcing career opportunities; (2) skills—perform the necessary skills for the investigative process including (a) effective teamwork; (b) specific investigative techniques including use of the library and databases, statistics, computers, image capture and analysis, data collection and organisation; (c) generic skills including scientific writing, compilation of ethics and grant applications; and (d) presentation of investigations both as written and verbal reports; and (3) attitudes—apply (a) a creative and open approach to scientific knowledge and problems; (b) understanding of the need to communicate openly and share skills and knowledge; (c) an appreciation of the value of constructive criticism of one's own and others' work; (d) faith in the experimental approach to furthering knowledge; and (e) a desire to pursue further studies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group project work; (2) statistics assessment; and (3) manuscript writing. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Yu Suk Choi and Dr Peter Mark
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Major(s) MJD-ANHBY Anatomy and Human Biology (ID 1343) Major(s) MJD-BIOMS Biomedical Science
ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology
or ANHB3316 Human Reproduction
or ANHB3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation
or ANHB3324 Human Structure and Function
Unit(s) ANHB3310 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations I
Advisable prior study
some Level 2 Biological Science is assumed
Contact hours
lectures: 1 x 1 hour per week
tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week
labs: 1 x 2 hours per week or equivalent spent on project work
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.