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DEV3990

Faculty of Science

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Science

Coordinator(s)

Dr Stuart Ellem

Offered

Clayton

  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Summer semester A 2016 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to work with an academic supervisor and complete a research project in Developmental Biology. The research project may be chosen from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from the Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology. Students will work in a research laboratory to obtain data, will complete a final report and will give a series of oral presentations on their work. Students will also undertake an informal written open-book exam comprising 3 brief essays based on weekly tutorials.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Undertake a research project with regard to ethical and safety regulations;

  1. Demonstrate technical skills in experimental methods and the ability to collect, analyse and interpret data using methods relevant to the discipline of Anatomy and Developmental biology;

  1. Communicate appropriately and effectively with supervisors, laboratory staff and students;

  1. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of experimental procedures, results and outcomes;

  1. Identify relevant published scientific literature and critically analyse and evaluate the content in the context of the discipline Anatomy and Developmental biology;

  1. Construct written reports.

Assessment

Two oral reports (preliminary 15 mins, 10% and final 15 minutes, 10%): 20%
Two written reports (preliminary 1500 words, 10% and final 8000 words, 50%): 60%
Assessment of laboratory work: 20%
Hurdle requirements: Requirement of a pass grade on the 60% theory component of the unit (literature review worth 10% plus final report worth 50%) and a pass grade on the final report.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

12 points of study in the discipline area at 2nd year level and a grade point average of at least 70 over 24 points in the discipline area at 2nd year level and by permission of the Unit Convenor or the Head of Department.