SCIE5580 MSc Research Proposal

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
In this unit students develop a research proposal for their Master of Science thesis. Students are guided by their research supervisors in planning their research project and developing a project proposal. The components of the research proposal include a clear articulation of the scientific context and significance, research objective and aims, methods, timeline, feasibility and estimate of costs. A critical review of the literature relevant to the project is undertaken so that students gain both breadth and depth of understanding of key concepts and their practical application as relevant to the research topic. The development of generic skills in critical reading, review and scientific writing is also an important objective of this unit.
Students are able to (1) critically review relevant literature to gain an understanding of a field of knowledge, identify gaps in current knowledge and use this to develop their research proposal in their field of study; (2) develop a plausible research question and frame a clear and concise research objective and aims to fulfil this objective through the course of the research; (3) design methods that are appropriate to the articulated aims, are demonstrably feasible within the timeframe, and with clear understanding of their limitations; and (4) demonstrate high-level skills in critical thinking, critical review and scientific writing.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal and (2) literature review. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Annette George
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Science (thesis and coursework) (70630); students must have a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, who has confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the literature review
SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal
Contact hours
This includes introductory workshops on research methods and scientific writing as required, otherwise students work under the guidance of their project supervisors to develop their research proposal and literature review.
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