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Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

BB20153: Data interpretation

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 30%, EX 50%, MC 20%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB10001 and take BB10002
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To provide experience of the presentation and interpretation of biological data and the handling of biological information.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* demonstrate an understand of the principles of experimental design and identification of potential sources of error;
* make logical statements and reach sound conclusions from biological data, in particular formulate a null hypothesis;
* draw an accurate and appropriately annotated graph;
* identify the correct statistical test to perform on a data set;
* apply a statistical test to a set of data;
* interpret the outcome of a statistical test on biological data;
* present the results of a piece of research in poster form;
* summarise the key elements of a piece of scientific prose.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy & computation T/F/A , Information technology T/F, Problem solving T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.

The course comprises some lectures and a series of assignments and problems that are undertaken by students and then analysed and discussed in weekly workshops and in tutorials led by personal tutors. Using examples that illustrate different types of biological information, the course covers the interpretation of simple data sets, data transformation, graphical presentation, interpretation of trends, selection of appropriate statistical tests for particular data sets, abstracting biological information, presenting results in poster form. As far as possible, the examples are generic, designed to be capable of interpretation without a requirement for in depth understanding of any particular area of biology.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

BB20153 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Biology (Full-time) - Year 2
  • USBB-AKB07 : BSc (hons) Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2

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