Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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


Planning 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

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assessments

Presentation: Poster and oral presentation

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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