SCIE4401 Data Use in Science

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Geographical Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
The unit introduces students to data collection and analysis to investigate questions relevant to research in the natural sciences. These methods, such as ANOVA and linear regression, are demonstrated and practised in a computer laboratory environment using experimental and observational data. Throughout the unit, scientific interpretation and hypothesis testing are emphasised. Students develop the knowledge to analyse data and explain the data using models. They learn to recognise the appropriate statistical technique for different types of data, and also learn how to obtain results using computer software. This unit equips students with knowledge and skills that they need to undertake research in their honours or master's thesis and beyond in private or public employment.
Students are able to (1) collect and interpret observational data; (2) formulate and test scientific hypotheses; (3) understand statistical methods such as ANOVA and linear regression; and (4) use computer spreadsheets and statistical software such as R/Rstudio to do professional quality data analysis and graphics.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) quizzes; and (3) a final test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Atakelty Hailu
Unit rules
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Contact hours
6 days. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.

The required readings for this unit are in an online set of resources known as CAST. CAST stands for Computer-Assisted Statistics Textbooks and is developed by Doug Stirling at Massey University. These resources can be accessed on the server ( or they can be downloaded and used locally (recommended).

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