ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
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 or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods) and 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
Note
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
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  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.