UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

APHB5514 Honours Dissertation Part 1

Credit 6 points
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(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Anatomy and Human Biology; Physiology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 to 4 must be completed to fulfil 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 critical reading of the literature relevant to the area of research, development of (1) a critical review of the literature; (2) a specific set of aims and hypotheses; and (3) a methodology. It also encompasses the 'active' component of the research project—the laboratory work, interviews, measurement, field work, etc. It is assessed formatively on the basis of the draft introduction and methods sections of the dissertation. Parts 2, 3 and 4 are the application and iterative refinement of the plan developed in APHB4002 Research Design and Analysis for analysis of data gathered from the experimental phase of the research project and development of an interpretative discussion of the findings. It is conducted under the guidance of the supervisor and with feedback provided in the final seminar presented in the APHB4008 Scientific Communication. It culminates in the submission of the completed dissertation for evaluation.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop and describe careful and appropriate design of experiments and selection of method to address rigorously formulated questions and hypotheses; (2) demonstrate expertise in the methods of science appropriate to the subject of research; (3) present their scientific investigation in a written report; (4) rigorously and imaginatively validate, manipulate and interpret scientific data; (5) evaluate alternative explanations for outcomes; and (6) appreciate the need to communicate science openly and share skills and knowledge.
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 the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites: APHB4001 Scientific Communication Part 1, APHB4002 Research Design and Analysis Part 1 and APHB5515 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.
Incompatibility: APHB4004 Honours Dissertation Part 1 (pre-2017)
Contact hours scheduled meetings with supervisors: approximately 1 hour per week, in consultation with supervisor; independent project work: up to 25 hours per week spread over all four dissertation units
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/APHB5514/SEM-1/2017

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