UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BIOL5521 Zoology Project Part 2

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content The project units are taken over two consecutive semesters for full-time enrolment or up to four consecutive semesters for part-time enrolment. Parts 1 to 4 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can start the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. In the unit, students follow one or more lines of enquiry within a supervised but independent research project. They attend a series of seminars that guide students 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 research proposal, research dissertation and oral presentation. The unit provides the research and project management skills necessary for a career as a biological scientist. It provides the skills needed for employment as a research technician, assistant or consultant, and skills relevant to those interested in conservation 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 conservation professionals.
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) identify, assess and manage the ethical implications of a research project within the regulatory framework of their field; (5) 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 Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a proposal seminar (pass/fail); (2) a research project proposal (20 per cent); (3) a research dissertation (70 per cent); and (4) a research seminar (10 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Patrick Finnegan
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and completion of 48 points at Level 4 and/or Level 5
Contact hours a 3-day block, one week prior to the start of semester; plus independent project work and consultation with supervisor
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/BIOL5521/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/BIOL5521/SEM-2/2017

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