UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

APHB4001 Scientific Communication Part 1

Credit 6 points
  Offering
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Anatomy and Human Biology; Neuroscience; Physiology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2.

Part 1 consists of supervisor-supported identification and reading of the literature relevant to the area of research, development of a critical review of the literature and, where appropriate, a specific set of aims and hypotheses. Students receive formal instruction in the practice of scientific writing and complete formative writing exercises prior to submission of a written research proposal encompassing a literature review, aims and hypotheses and experimental design.

Part 2 consists of a series of instructional tutorials with the whole honours group, individual students, with the guidance of their supervisors, present a final seminar to the School. Students also complete an oral defence of the research dissertation. Participation in research group meetings, if available, and an appropriate formal research meeting such as APHB HDR Student Expo, SWAN or equivalent is also required.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) critically evaluate current knowledge within a specific area of anatomy, physiology or human biology; (2) recognise gaps in the knowledge of a field which could be addressed within a few months of research; (3) appreciate the place of their research topic within the theoretical field and within the methodological spectrum; (4) communicate scientific ideas in written format; (5) identify key findings and choose relevant information for communication; (6) demonstrate intellectual 'ownership' of the piece of research completed; (7) orally communicate their research findings; (8) identify key findings and choose relevant information for communication; (9) appreciate the role of communication of scientific ideas in sustaining scientific progress; and (10) gather, winnow and interpret scientific data.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following way: continuing assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Jeremy Smith and Dr Archa Fox
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites: APHB4002 Research Design and Analysis Part 1 and (APHB5514 Honours Dissertation Part 1 or NEUR5514 Neuroscience Honours Dissertation Part 1) and (APHB5515 Honours Dissertation Part 2 or NEUR5515 Neuroscience Honours Dissertation Part 2)
Advisable prior study: Students are expected to have an undergraduate major in the field of biomedical or health sciences. Students without this background should contact the unit coordinator before enrolling.
Contact hours scheduled meetings with supervisors to plan, develop and review the research project and its scientific context: approximately 1 hour per week; formal research meetings: approximately 1 hour per week; tutorials to formally develop written and oral communication skills: approximately 1 hour per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/APHB4001/SEM-1/2017

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