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Unit Overview

Description

In this unit students develop a research proposal supported by a literature review. The proposal is intended to provide direction and focus for the research project that will lead to the Masters dissertation (paper written in the format of a scientific journal article). Supported by a series of information sessions, students are guided by their research supervisor in identifying a gap in knowledge that needs to be filled, planning a research project to fill that gap in knowledge, and developing a detailed project proposal that is based on a thorough review of the current literature. Students communicate their research project proposal in written and spoken forms.

Credit
6 points
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) use the literature to gain an understanding of a field of knowledge, identify gaps in current knowledge and use this to develop a research program in their field of study; (2) analyse a problem conceptually and, through logical argument, reduce its complexity to a number of simpler elements; (3) develop plausible and testable hypotheses, research questions, models and/or ideas about relationships between important elements that would lead to a resolution of the problem; (4) design methods to examine, through some combination of experiments, literature evaluation, models and observations, and discuss the relationships between the important elements; and (5) articulate the above abilities in both written and oral forms at a high level.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project proposal; (2) literature review; and (3) proposal seminar. Further information is available in the unit outline.



Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sasha Jenkins
Unit rules
Prerequisites
enrolment in
the Master of Biotechnology (71580) (i) 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 (ii) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course.
or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.
and (iii) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, who has confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project and (iv) students who were required to complete SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences must have achieved a mark of at least 70 per cent in this unit.
Contact hours
Students are advised to attend information sessions as detailed in the unit outline
Recommended
reading

Lindsay, D. R. Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words: CSIRO Publishing 2011
 

 

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