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SCIE5520 Masters Research Project in Oceanography Part 4

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Students are required to define a project and develop a research question/hypothesis, set objectives and aims, plan and execute the research methods, interpret the results and present those results in oral and written forms. The final output of the research project is a research dissertation similar in content and context to a peer-reviewed research article in an academic journal.
Students are able to (1) gather and critically assess the relevant literature for a pre-defined field of enquiry; (2) write a research proposal outlining the project, including a literature review; (3) collect or generate relevant data, data-products or models involving primary and secondary sources as appropriate; (4) utilise appropriate means of quantitative and/or qualitative analysis to explore the data and/or model results; (5) present the provisional results of their research in a short oral presentation; and (6) write the results scientifically in the format of an academic journal paper.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a research proposal; (2) research seminar; and (3) a research dissertation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jeff Hansen
Unit rules
Successful completion of two Unit(s) SCIE5517 Masters Research Project in Oceanography Part 1 and Unit(s) SCIE5518 Masters Research Project in Oceanography Part 2
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in SCIE5519 Masters Research Project in Oceanography Part 3
Contact hours
supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction programme starting the week before semester.
  • 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.