BIOL5552 Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Dissertation units are typically taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 to 4 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the dissertation. Students can commence part 1 in either semester 1 or semester 2. Parts 1 to 4 of the Research Dissertation are the application and iterative refinement of the BIOL5551 Masters in Biological Sciences Research Project Development unit. They encompass the 'active' component of the research project—the laboratory work, interviews, measurement, field work, analysis of data gathered from the experimental phase of the research project and development of an interpretative discussion of the findings. The units are conducted under the guidance of the supervisor and with feedback provided in the final seminar presented in the unit BIOL5556 Masters in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills. The units culminate in the submission of the completed research paper for evaluation.
Students are able to (1) present their scientific investigation in a written report; (2) demonstrate expertise in the methods of science appropriate to the subject of research; (3) develop and describe careful and appropriate design of experiments and selection of method to address rigorously formulated questions and hypotheses; and (4) demonstrate expertise in the methods of science appropriate to the subject of research.
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 Jan Hemmi and Dr Amanda Ridley
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and (a) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major (these units must be relevant to the master's specialisation); or (b) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of levels 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or (c) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty
BIOL5551 Masters Research Project Development
Contact hours
independent research and study plus regular meetings with supervisors
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