UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

AGRI5517 Agricultural Economics Project Part 1

Credit 12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)on-campus
Semester 2UWA (Perth)on-campus
Content This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. Students follow one or more lines of enquiry within a supervised but independent research project. They attend a series of seminars that guide them through the process of doing publication-standard research and managing a project. Students gain experience in the identification and resolution of problems associated with their chosen discipline. They seek and define suitable projects and, in consultation with supervisors, critically analyse current knowledge, determine research goals, design and carry out research, interpret results and present the research outcomes as a written literature review, research paper and oral presentation. The unit provides the research and project management skills necessary for a career as an agricultural scientist. It provides the skills needed for employment as a research technician, assistant or consultant, and skills relevant to those interested in management and policy research and development. The project management skills and experience acquired in the unit are relevant to all students wishing to practise as professionals in the agricultural sector.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate an ability to gather information relevant to a field of enquiry; (2) demonstrate mastery of the skills needed to critically assess the scientific literature; (3) write a critical literature review; (4) demonstrate the ability to identify, assess and manage the ethical implications of a research project within the regulatory framework of their field; (5) demonstrate the ability to plan, manage and execute an independent project in their discipline; and (6) organise and present scientific results orally and in writing in a professional manner.
Assessment This comprises a project proposal (5 per cent), a proposal seminar (pass/fail), a literature review (15 per cent), a research article (70 per cent) and a research seminar (10 per cent).

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Patrick Finnegan (Postgraduate Coordinator)
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) and completion of 48 points at Level 4 and/or Level 5
Contact hours a 3-day block, a 1-day block and a 2-day block; plus independent project work and consultation with supervisor

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