SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Conservation Biology; Zoology; Botany; Agricultural Science; Geology; Environmental Science; Natural Resource Management; Geographical Sciences major sequences
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Coastal and Ocean Systems specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Marine Biology specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Management and Commerce, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Marit Kragt
Unit rules
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathematics Methods; WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B; or equivalent or higher.
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week; computer labs: 2 hours per week
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.