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    Central Washington University
  Jan 21, 2018
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog
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BIOL 501 - Research Methods and Techniques

An introduction to methods, techniques, and procedures commonly used in biological research. Experimental design of research projects will be emphasized.


Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Investigate, evaluate, and synthesize a wide array of current and historic biological scientific literature sources.
  • Construct testable scientific hypotheses based on observations and inferences.
  • Apply appropriate scientific procedures to test hypotheses.
  • Apply principles of data analysis (including statistics), avoid misinterpretation and misuse of data analyses, and identify and use suitable data analysis tools.
  • Present scientific ideas clearly and concisely in writing, and revise own scientific writing based on standard scientific writing models (e.g., CBE Manual, Chicago Manual of Style).
  • Construct quality figures and tables from original data sets and recognize common problems in data presentation
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