SCIE4502 Science Research Dissertation Part 2

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Content
The project units are taken over two consecutive semesters for full-time enrolment or up to four consecutive semesters for part-time enrolment. 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. In the unit, students follow one or more lines of enquiry within a supervised but independent research project. They attend a series of seminars that guide students through the process of doing publication-standard research and managing a project. Students gain experience in the identification and resolution of problems associated with their chosen discipline. They seek and define suitable projects and, in consultation with supervisors, critically analyse current knowledge, determine research goals, design and carry out research, interpret results and present the research outcomes as a written research proposal, research dissertation and oral presentation. The unit provides the research and project management skills necessary for a career as a research professional. The project management skills and experience acquired in the unit are relevant to all students wishing to practise as industry professionals.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) gather information relevant to a field of enquiry; (2) develop skills to critically assess the scientific literature; (3) write a critical literature review; (4) identify, assess and manage the ethical implications of a research project within the regulatory framework of their field; (5) organise and present scientific results orally and in writing in a professional manner; and (6) defend orally the conclusions drawn from a set of research results.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a project proposal (5 per cent); (2) a proposal seminar (pass/fail); (3) a literature review (15 per cent); (4) a research article (70 per cent); and (5) a research seminar (10 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Patrick Finnegan
Contact hours
independent research and study with regular meetings with supervisors.
Recommended
reading

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

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