Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedSunway Full year 2012 (Day)
Sunway Second semester to First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Lee Sui Mae


This unit provides advanced instruction in quantitative methods, thesis writing and current topics to students enrolled in the honours program in biotechnology. Students will gain an understanding of advanced experimental design, data analysis and scientific writing that will assist them in completing their honours thesis. Further classes and coursework relating to current topics in biotechnology will assist students in critical analysis of journal articles, providing further support for their academic development in research science.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of experimental design and sampling methods that are relevant to their research project;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of resource limitation on experimental design and implementation;
  3. critically analyse articles from the scientific literature and use this ability to enhance the quality of their own written work;
  4. express themselves clearly and effectively to a scientific audience;
  5. complete assessment tasks expeditiously and competently.


Essay: 50%
Statistics coursework: 30%
Examination: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Lee Sui Mae

Contact hours

One to three hours of lectures and/or tutorials per week over 12 weeks


Completion of the requirements for levels one to three of the Bachelor of Science with Honours