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Unit Overview


In this unit students gain an understanding about 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 learn how to develop comprehensive assessments of the risks associated with travel to and from the field site, undertaking field work and the processing of samples and data. It is important for each student to be able to communicate to others why they are undertaking research, how they have done it and what they have found. Students present data at informal and formal group presentations and in a written research report. Students are required to spend up to five days at a field site in Albany during the mid-semester break.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences; Marine Science; Marine Biology; Marine and Coastal Processes major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an awareness of important field sampling and measurement techniques; (2) demonstrate an understanding of sampling design and statistical analysis; (3) demonstrate an understanding of communicating scientific results; 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 Renae Hovey and Dr Jane Prince
Unit rules
Successful completion of
72 points and one Unit(s) SCIE2204 Marine Systems
or ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis or equivalent
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 days (charges—cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student)
Students are required to spend up to five 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.