UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

APHB5520 Literature Review and Research Proposal

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content In this unit students develop a research proposal with literature review that guides their Master of Science thesis. Students are guided by their research supervisor in planning their research project, and developing a detailed project proposal that is based on a thorough review of the current literature. Students are expected to communicate this in written and spoken form.
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 hypothesis, 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, through some combination of experiments, literature, 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 (pass/fail); and (2) a research proposal with literature review—two assessors (100 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant
Unit rules
Prerequisites: Enrolment in the Master of Anatomical Science or the Master of Biomedical Science, with specialisations in Human Biology, Physiology and Neuroscience. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites: APHB5521 Science Research Project Part 1
Contact hours no formal contact—students work under the guidance of their project supervisor to develop their research proposal and literature review. Students can also attend a short series of workshops and seminars (optional) one week prior to commencement of semester.
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/APHB5520/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/APHB5520/SEM-2/2017

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