36 points, SCA Band 3, 0.750 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Full year 2017 (Day)
- Second semester 2017 to First semester 2018 (Day)
Students undertake a supervised research project involving research of a publishable standard which forms the basis of a thesis presented at the end of the year.
As part of the unit, students present seminars on their research, and are trained in advanced scientific techniques. Students take part in an oral defense of the thesis report
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;
- Validate the scientific literature to comprehend the progress within a specific research area;
- Identify and apply the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project;
- Design, develop and implement a research project;
- Acquire and analyse computer based data for graphical and tabular summarisation of findings;
- Summarise research outcomes into scientific manuscripts in accordance with publication requirements;
- Effectively and clearly communicate scientific principles and research findings in verbal and written form to a broad audience;
- Identify and select techniques that are essential to the satisfactory completion and reporting of a research project
- Apprehend the significance of ethics, laboratory etiquette and adherence to OHS
- Recognize a critical problem and formulate a hypothesis to solve it; and
- Interpret the research findings with reference to the existing literature
- Literature review (3,000 words) - 10%
- Seminars - 1 Oral presentation & discussion (2 hours) - 10%
- Research report (10,000-15,000 words) - 80% (Hurdle)
The total number of contact hours involving discussion with supervisors, presentations, and research activities, and of private study hours per week will equal 72 hours. The self-directed study which will be required for preparation of an assignment (literature review), oral presentation of research findings and understanding of other literatures relevant to one's specific area of research, will approximately constitute one-third of the 72 hr.
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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study