BIOL5554 Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

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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.
Content
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.
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) identify key findings and to choose relevant information for communication; and (3) demonstrate expertise in the methods of science appropriate to the subject of research.
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 Jan Hemmi and Dr Amanda Ridley
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5551 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Project Development, BIOL5552 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5553 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
Contact hours
independent research and project work plus regular meetings with supervisors
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