BTEC5506 Biotechnology Masters Research Project Development

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace 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 Masters 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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project proposal; (2) literature review; and (3) proposal seminar. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Andy Whiteley
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) (i) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation;
(ii) a
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; or
equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;
(iii) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, who has confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project
(iv) students who were required to complete SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences must have achieved a mark of at least 70 per cent in this unit.
Contact hours
Students are advised to attend information sessions as detailed in the unit outline

Lindsay, D. R. Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words: CSIRO Publishing 2011


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