Studying online

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Unit Overview


The unit teaches through four modules, reviewing four major issues in science—biodiversity loss; energy, resources, and pollution; whale and fish stock conservation; and water, carbon and climate change. Students learn from the perspective of practising scientists, and so are involved in data acquisition, data analysis, and the communication of formal scientific information. The unit focuses on statistical and numerical analysis applied to core topics in the natural sciences, and how to present the results of formal analysis effectively.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face

Students are able to (1) understand the scientific information relevant to all four modules; (2) access and manage data sets, and assess the reliability of data; (3) analyse raw data and transform it for t-tests, F-tests, ANOVA and linear regression; (4) understand the relationship between experimental design and the power of a statistical test; and (5) show written evidence of an ability to develop concise, logical arguments using scientific information and numeric data..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class preparation and participation; (2) quizzes; and (3) assignments. 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)
Associate Professor James Fogarty
Unit rules
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Applications or equivalent
or Mathematics Methods or equivalent
or Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or MATX1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Or MATX1721 Mathematics Foundations
Or SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Successful completion of
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or STAX1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Contact hours
Contact hours Practical class: 2 hours per week
  • 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.