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Unit Overview


This unit is for students undertaking the joint/double-badged Doctor of Philosophy of UWA and Nagoya University. This unit is for students in their second year of PhD studies to be able to undertake additional skills development, such as attend seminars, undertake scientific writing workshops and other skills development opportunities provided by UWA (e.g. Graduate Research School Workshops, or equivalent) or Nagoya University. The agreed individual program for each student will be established in consultation with the supervisors, and will at a minimum include attendance at weekly discipline seminars (or equivalent) during each teaching semester and two Graduate Research School Workshops/Short-Courses (or equivalent). The individual plan and the list of completed activities will be audited by the supervisors and listed in the student's annual report to be submitted to the UWA Graduate Research School and equivalent Committee of the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences at Nagoya University.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to an advanced understanding of the scientific method and specific, skills development in logical and critical thinking, and scientific communication..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: submission and approval of the students plan and list of activities completed as part of the Annual Progress Report assessed by the UWA Graduate Research School and equivalent committee in the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences at Nagoya University.. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Erik Veneklaas
Unit rules
Students must have gained entry into the joint/double-badged Doctor of Philosophy (UWA and Nagoya University) (00860)
or (00870), and have successfully completed the first year of study.
Contact hours
Individual plans will be developed for each student.
  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.