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60902 The Scientific Method

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject will no longer be offered from 2019.


The ability to apply experimental methods to a diverse range of scientific applications is an essential capability for all those pursuing a career in science. This subject provides students with a logical framework for conducting and assessing scientific research, from designing an experiment to drawing conclusion from its results. Students gain an understanding of how hypotheses are defined for testing, how adequate sample size can be determined, how data should be collected and how experiments can be an analysed and inferences drawn. An introduction to the concept of uncertainty, as relating to scientific experimentation, is also covered, as is a brief discussion of ethics as relating to statistical practice. This subject aims to impart a deep understanding of the concept of the 'scientific method', necessary for all students destined for a research, research management, research training or other science-oriented career.

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