Studying online

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Unit Overview


In this unit students gain proficiency in the processes involved in conducting research. This includes formulating research questions and a hypothesis, developing detailed research proposals which outline the rationale for study, and detailing rigorous sampling plans. Students also compile detailed risk assessments covering travel to and from the field site, undertaking field work and the processing of samples and data. Students will be able to communicate orally and in writing why they are undertaking research, how they have done it and what they have found. Students will present data at informal and formal group presentations and in a written research report. Students are required to spend five to seven days at a field site during the mid-semester break.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) execute important field sampling and measurement techniques; (2) devise robust sampling plans and execute and interpret statistical analysis; (3) communicate scientific results orally and in writing; and (4) demonstrate effective team work skills; including the delegation and timely completion of tasks, effective communication, respect for diversity and safe work practices, including field trip planning and risk management..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical analysis; (2) group project; and (3) project report. 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 Tai Goncalves Loureiro and Dr Renae Hovey
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
or 71590 Master of Oceanography
or 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902)
SCIE4401 Data Use in Science (ID 2216)
SCIE3304 Field Techniques in Marine Science (ID 1284)
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).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Residential Field Trip (estimated cost - Up to $525).
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 1 hour per week
labs: 3 hours per week
Residential field trip: 5-7 days (charges—cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student)
Students are required to spend five to seven days in residential accommodation at a field site in Albany during the mid-semester break.
  • 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.