10 credits at level HE5
This module continues the scientific methodology strand introduced at level 1 with Investigating Science. It aims to:
1 Prepare students for the level HE6 Project by:
i) introducing them to the use and interpretation of a range of further significance tests;
ii) helping them to understand how to interpret and evaluate scientific arguments and make judgements about how well they support competing hypotheses;
iii) helping them to understand how to identify appropriate methodologies that could help to resolve scientific debates.
2 Prepare students for future roles as scientific or other professionals by:
i) facilitating their ability to work in co-operative teams;
ii) helping them to acquire the skills of written and oral presentation.
1 Scientific investigation
Alternative answers to questions; competing hypotheses; evaluation of scientific evidence; the design of experiments and
2 Statistical techniques
Analysis of Variance, Regression, non-parametric tests; introduction to multivariate statistics.
3 Scientific use of ICT
Production of charts; use of SPSS; presentational software (PowerPoint).
The module is taught through a combination of lectures and workshops. Data sets are provided for students to work on in workshops; the lectures provide the research rationale and hypothesisupon which the data sets are based. In addition aspects of project planning are covered in lectures, student small group work and oral presentations.
Learning outcomes 1, 2a and 3 are assessed through the scientific reports the student produces for the data sets provided, based on a scientific rationale given in lectures, and using the students' analyses and literature search. This makes up part of the portfolio of work.
Learning outcome 2b is assessed through a written evaluation of a past project as part of the portfolio of work.
Learning outcome 4 - The oral presentation will be assessed on the basis of its content and the studentís presentational skills; this forms part of the coursework for the module.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have a more extensive knowledge of significance testing beyond the basis introduced in Investigating Science .||Correctly interpret the outcomes for all significance tests for data presented to you in class|
|2.||Be able to critically evaluate scientific evidence in relation to an experimental hypothesis with reference to appropriate literature.||
2a Take the evidence for two competing hypotheses about a scientific question and come to a written conclusion based on the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence;
2b Assess the scientific merits of a past undergraduate project.
|3.||Be able to produce word-processed documents to an appropriate style containing a variety of elements from other packages.||Produce professional-style scientific reports containing tables, figures (charts and images) and the results of statistical analysis.|
|4.||Be able to make a presentation to an audience with the support of appropriate presentational technology (e.g. PowerPoint).||Verbally report the outcomes of the small-group work identified in assessment criterion 2.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Coursework (portfolio) and presentation|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Barnard, C.J., Gilbert, F. & McGregor, P. (2001) Asking Questions in Biology (2nd Ed.) Prentice Hall
Burton, R.F. (1998) Biology by numbers - an encouragement to quantitative thinking. Cambridge University Press
Ennos, R. (2000) Statistical and Data Handling Skills in Biology. Prentice Hall.
Kinnear, P. R. & Gray, C.D. (2004) SPSS 12 made Simple. Psychology Press
Pentz, M. and Shott, M (1988) Handling Experimental Data Open University Press (out of print but available in Library)
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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