AGRI5509 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face Semester 1 Albany Face to face Semester 2 Albany Face to face
- In this unit students develop a research proposal supported by a literature review. The proposal is intended to provide direction and focus for the research project that will lead to the Honours dissertation (paper written in the format of a scientific journal article). Supported by a series of information sessions, students are guided by their research supervisor in identifying a gap in knowledge that needs to be filled, planning a research project to fill that gap in knowledge, and developing a detailed project proposal that is based on a thorough review of the current literature. Students communicate their research project proposal in written and spoken forms.
- Students are able to (1) use the literature to gain an understanding of a field of knowledge, identify gaps in current knowledge and use this to develop a research program in their field of study; (2) analyse a problem conceptually and, through logical argument, reduce its complexity to a number of simpler elements; (3) develop plausible and testable hypotheses, research questions, models and/or ideas about relationships between important elements that would lead to a resolution of the problem; (4) design methods to examine, through some combination of experiments, literature evaluation, models and observations, and discuss the relationships between the important elements; and (5) articulate the above abilities in both written and oral forms at a high level.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) research proposal literature review and (2) proposal seminar. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Tim Colmer
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science with specialistion in Crop and Livestock Farming Systems
Genetics and Breeding
Soil Science and Plant Nutrition; and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major;
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course
- Contact hours
- independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
Lindsay, D. R. Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words: CSIRO Publishing 2011
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