APHB5516 Honours Dissertation Part 3

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Anatomy and Human Biology; Physiology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
This unit and its corequiste APHB5517 Honours Dissertation Part 4, can be teamed with APHB4004 Honours Dissertation Part 1 and APHB4005 Honours Dissertation Part 2 to enable an alternative, higher level dissertation.

Part 1 consists of supervisor-supported identification and critical reading of the literature relevant to the area of research. It develops a critical review of the literature, a specific set of aims and hypotheses, and a methodology. Part 1 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 involve the application and iterative refinement of the plan developed in the unit 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 unit APHB4008 Scientific Communication and culminates in the submission of the completed dissertation for evaluation.
Outcomes
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 scientific investigation in a written report; (4) rigorously and imaginatively validate, manipulate and interpret scientific data; (5) conceive of and evaluate alternative explanations for outcomes; and (6) appreciate the need to communicate science openly and to share skills and knowledge.
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Bachelor of Philosophy (BH005)
Co-requisites:
APHB5517 Honours Dissertation Part 4
Incompatibility:
APHB4006 Honours Dissertation Part 3
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
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