SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
- 6 points
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.
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online. Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online. Semester 2 Albany Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- 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)
- Associate Professor James Fogarty
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week; computer labs: 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. 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.