MSCI4001 Research Methodology, Data Acquisition and Evaluation Part 1
- 6 points
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.
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Honours core unit in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Genetics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
- This unit involves undertaking a program of experimental study in a research-active laboratory under the supervision of an experienced member of the discipline. The experimental data obtained is then presented in the form of a written thesis, which after submission, is subjected to an oral defence. The thesis details the background to the research, the methods employed, the results obtained, an analysis of the results in the context of the field and a bibliography. The main academic objectives are for students to develop an understanding of the scientific research process and their abilities to conduct independent research; and acquire training and practice in skills such as experimental methods, problem-solving, literature searching, data analysis and interpretation, computing, team building, and written and oral communication.
- Students are able to (1) write and compile a scientific thesis in a format appropriate for the discipline; (2) show understanding of scientific methods relevant to their research project and explain the relationship of their findings to other work in the field; (3) obtain, analyse and present original research data; (4) interpret and critically appraise their own and other research data, and use statistical tools to assess reliability of their findings as required; and (5) respond to questions on their thesis in a manner that shows mastery of the content and some knowledge of related areas.
- 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)
- Associate Professor Josh Mylne and Associate Professor Keith Stubbs
- Unit rules
- an undergraduate major in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Genetics, or a cognate discipline
- Contact hours
- independent research and study with regular meetings with supervisors
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.