APHB5514 Honours Dissertation Part 1
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Honours core unit in Anatomy and Human Biology; Physiology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
- This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 to 4 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. Part 1 consists of supervisor-supported identification and critical reading of the literature relevant to the area of research, development of (1) a critical review of the literature; (2) a specific set of aims and hypotheses; and (3) a methodology. It also encompasses the 'active' component of the research project—the laboratory work, interviews, measurement, field work, etc. It is assessed formatively on the basis of the draft introduction and methods sections of the dissertation. Parts 2, 3 and 4 are the application and iterative refinement of the plan developed in APHB4002 Research Design and Analysis for analysis of data gathered from the experimental phase of the research project and development of an interpretative discussion of the findings. It is conducted under the guidance of the supervisor and with feedback provided in the final seminar presented in the APHB4008 Scientific Communication. It culminates in the submission of the completed dissertation for evaluation.
- Students are able to (1) develop and describe careful and appropriate design of experiments and selection of method to address rigorously formulated questions and hypotheses; (2) demonstrate expertise in the methods of science appropriate to the subject of research; (3) present their scientific investigation in a written report; (4) rigorously and imaginatively validate, manipulate and interpret scientific data; (5) evaluate alternative explanations for outcomes; and (6) appreciate the need to communicate science openly and share skills and knowledge.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: continuing assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Jeremy Smith and Associate Professor Tony Bakker
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
- APHB4001 Scientific Communication Part 1, APHB4002 Research Design and Analysis Part 1 and APHB5515 Honours Dissertation Part 2
- Advisable prior study:
- Students are expected to have an undergraduate major in the field of biomedical
orhealth sciences. Students without this background should contact the unit coordinator before enrolling.
- APHB4004 Honours Dissertation Part 1 (pre-2017)
- Contact hours
- scheduled meetings with supervisors: approximately 1 hour per week, in consultation with supervisor; independent project work: up to 25 hours per week spread over all four dissertation units
- 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.