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Unit Overview

Description

The four parts of the Agricultural Science dissertation unit are taken over two consecutive semesters for full-time enrollment or up to four consecutive semesters for part-time enrollment. Parts 1 to 4 must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2.

In this unit, students follow one or more lines of inquiry within a supervised but independent research project. Students gain experience in the identification and resolution of problems associated with their chosen discipline. In consultation with supervisors, students design and carry out research, compile and manipulate data, critically analyse results, re-evaluate research goals and present and discuss the research results in a written research dissertation. The unit provides the research and project management skills necessary for a career as a research professional. The project management skills and experience acquired in the unit are relevant to all students wishing to practise as industry professionals.

Credit
6 points
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) assess and manage a research project within the regulatory framework of their field; (2) design and carry out research that tests viable hypotheses; (3) evaluate data and compile results that allow strong conclusions to be made; (4) identify gaps in research results and re-evaluate research goals to fill these gaps; (5) organise and present scientific results in writing in a professional manner; and (6) discuss results in the context of scientific literature and defend in writing the conclusions.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: a dissertation. Further information is available in the unit outline.



Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ken Flower
Unit rules
Co-requisites
AGRI4512 Agriculture Honours Research Presentation
Advisable prior study
Lindsay, D.
R.
Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words: CSIRO Publishing 2011
Contact hours
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.