School Of Science

Science Research MethodsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 301445.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
300290 - Research Communities and their Environments, 300662 - Research Methods, 300561 - Animal Research, 300932 - Natural Science Research Methods

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points at Level 1.

About this Unit
This unit aims to introduce students to the theories and practices underpinning the scientific processes. Students will learn to identify an issue, review the literature to identify gap(s) and formulate a hypothesis or a question to address the gap(s). Students will then explore research methods and designs to safely and ethically conduct an experiment or study to collect data to answer the hypothesis/question. They will also learn to analyse and interpret the data and report on the findings of the research in a written format. The unit is structured so that lectures will provide theoretical expertise and workshops will reinforce student learning with practical experience. This knowledge and skills are essential for stage 3 units and a career in science.

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