• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Miss Rachael Remington
    • Prof Allen Rodrigo
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL6202
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course will explore the ways biologists generate and assess evidence applying a variety of statistical techniques. The use of biological models from bacteria, plants and animals will be discussed, with their advantages and limitations. The value of different experimental approaches including hypothesis-driven research and large scale data generation, such as genome sequencing projects will be considered.  Quantitative reasoning and analysis will be introduced with examples of its application to biological problems.  Students will participate in practical exercises to develop and test hypotheses and then, as a group, compare and contrast the application of statistical approaches to interpret the data.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand when to apply different experimental approaches in biology and how to use experimental models.
  2. Design simple biological experiments to address specific questions
  3. Demonstrate practical skills and appropriate  analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data
  4. Describe, apply, and interpret the results of relevant statistical techniques in the context of the analysis of biological measurements
  5. Apply the knowledge gained from specific research projects to problem solving in other areas of biology.

Other Information

Previous experience in STAT1003 or another similar course would be helpful.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Short report write-ups (2 x 10%; LO 2, 3, 4)
  • Seed Practical Report (15%; LO 2, 3, 4)
  • Modelling Exercise worksheet (10%; LO 1, 3)
  • Quiz and Assignment  ( 2 x 10%)
  • Exam (35%; LO 1, 4, 5)

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Workload

Two lectures per week, four practical sessions and up to six small and large tutorials up to 65 contact hours per semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed BIOL1003 and BIOL1004. Incompatible with BIOL6202.

Prescribed Texts

Not yet determined

Assumed Knowledge

CHEM1101 

Majors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8177 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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