UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BTEC5506 Biotechnology Masters Research Project Development

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Content In this unit students develop a research proposal supported by a literature review. The proposal is intended to provide direction and focus for the research project that will lead to the Masters dissertation (paper written in the format of a scientific journal article). Supported by a series of information sessions, students are guided by their research supervisor in identifying a gap in knowledge that needs to be filled, planning a research project to fill that gap in knowledge, and developing a detailed project proposal that is based on a thorough review of the current literature. Students communicate their research project proposal in written and spoken forms.
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 hypotheses, 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 evaluation, 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) research proposal ; (2) literature review; and (3) proposal seminar. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Andy Whiteley
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71850)
Contact hours Students are advised to attend information sessions as detailed in the unit outline
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/BTEC5506/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/BTEC5506/SEM-2/2017
Recommended
reading

Lindsay, D. R. Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words: CSIRO Publishing 2011
 

 


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