Research Methods

Course code FSHN3100Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Provides a detailed view of the methods used in scientific research. It covers access to and critical evaluation of the literature, the design and conduct of experiments, the handling and analysis of experimental data and the reporting and publication of results. Aspects such as generation and testing of hypotheses based on existing knowledge, generation of aims, animal and human ethics considerations and applications, health and safety issues, importance and choice of methodology including power analyses, preparation of data and statistical analyses, interpretation and publishing of results, the grant application process and the patent application process.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. access, review and critically evaluate the scientific literature in a specific field.
2. understand the process of the scientific experimental method from the generation of a hypothesis to the publishing of results including ethics and safety considerations
3. recognise the importance and use of statistics in the scientific process
4. understand the grant and patent application processes
ContentPlanning and Running a Research Project
- Defining the problem/question
- Searching the literature for what is known
- Formulating the hypothesis and generating the experimental aims
- Choosing Methods and Study Design and Power Calculations
- Conducting and Managing the Project
Ethical and Safety Considerations
- Animal Ethics
- Human Ethics
- Health and Safety
Handling and Analysing Data
- Data Collection, Recording and Storage
- Data Analysis and Presentation
- Statistical Analysis
- Drawing Conclusions
Reporting Results
- Oral and Poster Presentations
- Writing and Publishing the Paper
- Media Reports
Grant and Patent Applications
- Granting Bodies
- Industry Grants and Contracts
- Patent Requirements
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSTAT1070
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Individual Supervision
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Other: (please specify)- Research poster design
Other: (please specify)- Tutorial exercises
Presentations - Individual- Oral presentations
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for FSHN3100