UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MSCI4001 Research Methodology, Data Acquisition and Evaluation Part 1

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Genetics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content This unit involves undertaking a program of experimental study in a research-active laboratory under the supervision of an experienced member of the discipline. The experimental data obtained is then presented in the form of a written thesis, which after submission, is subjected to an oral defence. The thesis details the background to the research, the methods employed, the results obtained, an analysis of the results in the context of the field and a bibliography. The main academic objectives are for students to develop an understanding of the scientific research process and their abilities to conduct independent research; and acquire training and practice in skills such as experimental methods, problem-solving, literature searching, data analysis and interpretation, computing, team building, and written and oral communication.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) write and compile a scientific thesis in a format appropriate for the discipline; (2) show understanding of scientific methods relevant to their research project and explain the relationship of their findings to other work in the field; (3) obtain, analyse and present original research data; (4) interpret and critically appraise their own and other research data, and use statistical tools to assess reliability of their findings as required; and (5) respond to questions on their thesis in a manner that shows mastery of the content and some knowledge of related areas.
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 Joshua Mylne and Dr Keith Stubbs
Unit rules
Prerequisites: an undergraduate major in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Genetics, or a cognate discipline
Contact hours independent research and study with regular meetings with supervisors
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/MSCI4001/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/MSCI4001/SEM-2/2017

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