• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Faculty of Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course aims to introduce students to the nature of science and scientific research within a multidisciplinary framework.   Students will critically examine the nature of scientific discovery by analysing a series of case studies.  Individual case studies will be drawn from different disciplines but will illustrate common themes across all of science.  They may focus on scientific disagreements and the nature of evidence, the influence of assumptions and preconceived ideas on scientific thinking, the use and misuse of statistics, the role of hypothesis testing in science and other disciplines, the factors underlying important scientific breakthroughs and ethical implications of scientific research.  This course is suitable for both science and non-science students; no background knowledge is required.

This course is an HPC (Honours Pathway Course).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students completing this course will

1) develop a deep understanding of the role of hypothesis testing in science

2) be familiar with some aspects of the philosophy, history and ethics of science and scientific research

3) understand the way in which assumptions and beliefs of scientists can influence interpretation of data

4) be able to evaluate different types of evidence

5) develop confidence in discussing ideas and issues outside their specialisation

Indicative Assessment

  • Reflective journal entries, 50%
  • Assignments (issues summaries/literature research/problem solving), 40%
  • Contribution to discussion and/or blog, 10%

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On campus (weekly workshops)

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.




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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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