Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit is for students undertaking the joint/double-badged Doctor of Philosophy of UWA and Nagoya University, in their final year of PhD research study. Students will complete their research and write up their thesis with chapters in the form of journal papers. Students are expected to publish at least one of these chapters as a paper in an ISI-listed peer-reviewed journal prior to their final oral defense. Students will also present a pre-oral seminar, submit their thesis, and have an oral defense. Students will be jointly supervised by relevant academics in the Faculty of Science at UWA and in 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, and development of skills to implement, the scientific method as applied to the chosen research topic. This includes hypothesis development and testing, specific training in specialized knowledge and techniques, logical and critical thinking, scientific communication, and ethics in science..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: thesis examination and oral defense.. 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 successfully completed their first year at their home university and second year at the partner host university.
Contact hours
Self-paced research, with advice from supervisors.
  • 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.