UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BIOL5597 Special unit: International Research Disseration

Credit 24 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content The research project is designed to introduce the student to the world of research on animals. It equips them with the skills and flexibility of outlook needed to deal with rapidly changing technologies and to lead them into habits of critical thinking, problem analysis and public presentation which would serve in any leadership role. Each of the stages of development of a research project through which the student is guided in the unit is given immediate application in the formulation and development of the student's own project. The practical experience offered by the unit will prepare the student for entry into postgraduate academic research programs, and into workplaces including but not limited to environmental consultancy or local and national government research agencies.
Students develop skills of logical and creative thinking and writing in English through exposure to a research project, via seminars, the guided formulation of a research proposal, and the iterative cycle of production-feedback-review-refinement involved in the writing of a research paper. Cycles of broader research seminar attendance and critiquing help to develop the capacity to question accepted wisdom and to develop cultural literacy.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) learn to think, reason and analyse critically by reviewing scientific literature; (2) learn to question accepted wisdom and be open to alternative interpretation and innovation as they undertake their research practicum under the guidence of a research supervisor; and (3) acquire skills in science and science communication, empowering them to adopt rapidly changing technologies to answer challenging questions.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) research seminar 10%; and (2) research dissertation 90%. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Jan Hemmi
Contact hours 19 weeks full time research with weekly face to face progress meetings

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