NEUR5515 Neuroscience Honours Dissertation Part 2

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Neuroscience [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 to 4 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2.

Part 1 consists of supervisor-supported identification and critical reading of the literature relevant to the area of research; development of (a) a critical review of the literature; (b) a specific set of aims and hypotheses; and (c) a methodology. It also encompasses the 'active' component of the research project—the laboratory work, interviews, measurement, fieldwork, etc. It is assessed formatively on the basis of the draft Introduction and Methods sections of the dissertation.

Parts 2, 3 and 4 are the application and iterative refinement of the plan developed in the unit APHB4002 Research Design and Analysis for analysis of data gathered from the experimental phase of the research project and development of an interpretative discussion of the findings. It is conducted under the guidance of the supervisor and with feedback provided in the final seminar presented in the unit APHB4008 Scientific Communication. It culminates in the submission of the completed dissertation for evaluation.
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) demonstrate expertise in the methods of science appropriate to the subject of research; (3) present their scientific investigation in a written report; (4) rigorously and imaginatively validate, manipulate and interpret scientific data; (5) conceive and evaluate alternative explanations for outcomes; and (6) appreciate the need to communicate science openly and to share skills and knowledge.
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 Helmy Mulders and Dr Alex Tang
Unit rules
enrolment in Neuroscience honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
APHB4001 Scientific Communication Part 1, APHB4002 Research Design and Analysis Part 1 and NEUR5514 Honours Dissertation Part 1
Contact hours
scheduled meetings with supervisors: approximately 1 hour per week in consultation with supervisor; independent project work: up to 25 hours per week spread over all four dissertation units
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