Award: 5 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: January(Semester 2)

ENVB40370 Data Analysis and Interpretation

This module is for students in Semester 2 of the MSc, Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course.

What will I study?

This module aims to equip you with the skills required for completion of a research project, including experimental design and analysis of biological and environmental data.

How will I study?

The module will include:

  • Online videos
  • Self-study worksheets
  • Online problem-based learning

Expected Commitment

You are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the module. However, Students are expected to attend the final semester exam and spend a total 120 hours workload during the semester consisting of:
  • Lectures, videos and other online learning materials (throughout the semester): 24 hours
  • Assessments, project and quizzes (throughout the semester): 24 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning: 72 hours

How will I be assessed?

  • Problem-based learning for first 5 weeks (20%)
  • Continuous assessment comprising online tests (20%)
  • 2 hour end of semester written exam (60%)

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

  • Design a biological / environmental experiment, taking due account of independence, allocation of replicates and controls.
  • Develop a strategy for making decisions you can stand over in an uncertain world.
  • Select and undertake univariate analyses using a widely available software package.
  • Understand the difference between multivariate and univariate data analysis.

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline.

Students also require:

  • Access to Google Drive for spreadsheet and word processing (
  • Access to Minitab 16 software (
  • Minitab 16 is available (conditional on network bandwidth and restrictions) to registered students through UCD's /Software For U /portal.