UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

AGRI4511 Agriculture Honours Research Project Development

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Agricultural Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content 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.
Outcomes 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 the problem, 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.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a proposal seminar; and (2) a research proposal supported by a literature review. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Louise Barton
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Honours (Agricultural Science) degree in the Faculty of Science
Contact hours Students are guided through the process of project identification, design, planning and implementation through a series of lectures and discussions, starting one week prior to the commencing semester.
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/AGRI4511/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/AGRI4511/SEM-2/2017

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