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SCI3740

Faculty of Science

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Summer semester A 2011 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway Summer semester A 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Richard Burke (Clayton - Summer); Associate Professor Cristina Varsavsky (Clayton - Semester One and Two); Ms Jenny Mosse (Gippsland/Distance); Dr Siow Lee Fong (Sunway - Semester One); Dr Adeline Ting Su Yien (Sunway - Semester Two and Summer)

Synopsis

An individual research project in a discipline relating to a major area of study, conducted under supervision. Includes critical literature review, experimental design and data analysis, seminar attendance. Student must maintain regular contact with supervisor(s) and subject coordinator.

Objectives

On completion of this unit, students will be able to: Review scientific literature, with particular reference to the identification of key information; access information databases in an efficient manner; practice careful and discriminating information retrieval; present concise oral reports, with strong emphasis on the provision of good quality audio-visual material; construct clear written reports, both brief and extensive; plan and undertake a minor research or investigative project, and adjust the project progressively as events and results dictate; meet deadlines; conduct appropriate statistical analysis of results, if appropriate perform the routine measurements and manipulations of a minor scientific project; operate with a significant degree of independence, whilst maintaining efficient and meaningful dialogue with a project supervisor; act as a constructive member of a seminar audience; interact with others as part of a team in a work environment.

Assessment

Three oral reports (preliminary, 10 minutes; progress, 10 minutes; final poster session): 20%
Written reports (preliminary, 1500 words, 10%; final, 8000 words, 45%): 55%
Supervisor's assessment of project planning, conduct and development: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Cristina Varsavsky

Contact hours

Approximately 12 hours per week

Prerequisites

Permission of the Head of School plus students must have approval of project and supervisor prior to enrolment. In addition, students must pass 24 points of second level studies with a distinction average including a minimum of 12 points in the discipline directly relevant to the project.

Prohibitions

GAS3062, GAS3619, MAT3199, ASC3639, SCI3739