MSCI4005 Research Project Development and Communication

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Genetics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
Students are informed of, and practise, laboratory safety and risk assessment, library and database searching, the use of EndNote, professional scientific writing skills, and the ethics of science. This knowledge equips them with the tools to undertake experimental research, and prepare a literature review and project proposal of their research topic. Students are exposed to the practical tools and professional standards needed to develop a research project. They are trained in proper laboratory practice to ensure a safe workplace, and to recognise risks as insignificant or significant. The importance of control procedures for activities deemed of significant risk are stressed. The handling of hazardous materials, waste disposal, emergency procedures and reporting mechanisms are discussed. Students acquire the ability to search databases of scientific literature to review and synthesise previous work and methodologies in the particular discipline or field of study relevant to their research project, and learn to store and manage this information. They also realise the current state of the art of a field of study by gaining skills in querying public repositories of scientific data that have been experimentally generated, and extracting data relevant to the research project. Students develop professional scientific writing skills, and are made aware of ethical issues in science, including acceptable scientific practice, standards and behaviour.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) define and recognise proper laboratory practice, including the handling of hazardous materials, emergency procedures, waste disposal and reporting procedures; (2) define and recognise significant and insignificant risks, and controls of the former; (3) search databases of scientific literature to review and synthesise previous work and methodologies in the particular discipline or field of study relevant to the research project; (4) search public repositories and extract data relevant to the research project; (5) store and manage information gained from database searches; (6) write as a professional scientist; and (7) define and carry out acceptable scientific practice, standards and behaviour.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) proposal and (2) project literature review. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Martha Ludwig
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
an undergraduate major in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Genetics,
or
a cognate discipline
Contact hours
lectures and tutorials: 12 hours in modular format, beginning in week 1. Students meet with their project supervisors throughout the semester to define the content of the literature review and project proposal.
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