SCIE4401 Data Use in Science

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

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.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Geographical Sciences [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
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.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) collect and interpret observational data; (2) formulate and test scientific hypotheses; (3) demonstrate an understanding of 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, graphics and reporting.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) quizzes; and (3) participation and tutorial activities. 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
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Contact hours
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
Texts

The required readings for this unit are identified in the unit outline.

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