Individualized Study Tutor - SCIE 480

Home Office, Alberta
Faculty of Science and Technology
Home Office
Depends on Experience 
Permanent Part Time
Division Faculty of Science and Technology Wage Min 0.0000
Location Name Home Office Wage Max 0.0000
Location Home Office, Alberta Position Type Permanent Part Time
Posted 09/08/2017 FTE Academic Expert / Marker
Closing Date 09/24/2017 Job ID 1236

Individualized Study Tutor

Athabasca University’s Learning Services Tutorial Department is seeking an Individualized Study Tutor for the following course(s):

SCIE 480 Research Methods in Science


Research Methods in Science is intended to introduce undergraduate students to the practice of scientific research in the 21st century and the theories underlying it. To that end, the course opens with a broad-based, cross-disciplinary discussion of current designs and methods used by researchers in various fields of endeavour. While scientific thinking has been perceived by some as rigorous and undaunted by the vagaries of opinion, you will learn that science is self-correcting and open-ended in its very nature.

The course covers a wide range of conceptual and technical aspects of research methods:

  • the logic and the nature of the scientific method.
  • the art and the science of sampling and data collection.
  • a review of research designs.
  • details of quantitative and qualitative approaches to presentation of data and hypothesis testing.
  • the importance of mathematical modelling in scientific research.
  • the meaning of reliability and validity in scientific circles.
  • research ethics.
  • the importance of health and safety in the lab and in the field.
  • the how of scientific communication and research dissemination.

Key concepts of statistical analysis and mathematical modelling (e.g., Differential Equations and Difference Equations) will be introduced, including an examination of how these concepts relate to the scientific method and are used in a surprising number of research processes. Moreover, by taking this course you will gain first-hand experience with the design and writing of a research proposal, a literature search and a review, as well as the collection, display, and analysis of scientific data.

SCIE 480 is divided into four units (The Nature of Science, Statistics, Mathematical Modelling, and Writing a Research Proposal and Presenting Your Results), which discuss various empirical research designs and experiments for both qualitative and quantitative data.

Qualifications and Experience Required: 

This position is responsible for providing academic support to students and for marking assignments and research project proposals.  

Master's Degree required (PhD preferred) in Applied Mathematics or a related field with expertise in Differential Equations, Statistics and Mathematical Modelling. Teaching experience at a post-secondary level is required.  Familiarity with distance education, adult education and Moodle online course delivery would be considered an asset.  All educational credentials must be recognized in Canada. Along with the relevant academic credentials as mentioned above, this position requires excellent communication, organizational, administration and online skills.  The successful candidate should have demonstrated ability to maintain a high academic standard, maintain accurate student records, and return students’ work promptly.  Candidates must own or have access to a computer and internet with the capability to communicate with the University and students and the capability to run any applications required to perform tutorial support.  Please see for more information on computer and internet connection requirements.

For further information about this position, please contact Dr. Gustavo Carrero, Program Director, Faculty of Science and Technology at or 780-421-5065.

First consideration will be given to internal applicants according to Article 7 of The Board/CUPE Collective Agreement, followed by those candidates who are able to work from Alberta and then those who are able to work from within Canada.