BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

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.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Botany; Conservation Biology; Marine Science; Zoology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
This unit includes an induction process which contains demonstrations relating to safety procedures and responsibilities in the use of laboratories, special equipment and chemicals, in field work and in the use of vehicles. Instruction is provided in issues relating to human and animal ethics, confidentiality and other legal requirements governing research. The core of the unit consists of supervisor-supported identification and reading of the literature relevant to a selected area of biological sciences, development of a critical review of the literature and, where appropriate, a specific set of aims and hypotheses. Students receive formal instruction in searching databases such as Web of Science, the practice of scientific writing and complete formative writing exercises prior to submission of a literature review and research proposal. Students also receive training in critically evaluating, analysing and interpreting biological sciences literature by engaging in a formal process of peer review; the written review of a fellow student's literature review draft.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate the ability to use web-based literature searching; (2) critically evaluate current knowledge within a specific area of biological sciences; (3) recognise gaps in the knowledge of a field which could be addressed within research dissertation; (4) identify key findings and to choose relevant information for communication; (5) critically evaluate and interpret novel information; and (6) communicate scientific ideas in written/oral format.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review and research proposal; (2) proposal seminar; and (3) peer review of literature review drafts. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science or Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Contact hours
organised meetings with supervisors to plan, develop and review the research project and its scientific context; workshops for literature search, research safety and animal ethics and scientific writing
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.