APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 2

AGR3RP2

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

In this subject students complete the second part of an applied research project begun in the subject Applied Research Project 1. Students apply knowledge and skills to undertake a small research project including: the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, ethics considerations are addressed where required, and the development of recommendations and/or materials for industry. Students present their findings at the completion of the research. They demonstrate project management processes to complete their project on-time, including the ability to organize, liaise and work closely with external collaborators. Students are provided with research supervision by teaching staff and/or appropriate industry professionals. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. which entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions - now and in the future.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites AGR3RP1 and must be admitted in one of the following courses: Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (SBATE) or the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN).

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEnglish for writing research papersRecommendedWallwork, A 2011SPRINGER, NEW YORK
ReadingsFarm business management: analysis of farming systemsRecommendedNuthall, P 2011CABI, WALLINGFORD, ENGLAND.
ReadingsHandbook for writing proposalsRecommendedHamper, R & Baugh, L 20112ND EDN, MCGRAW-HILL PROFESSIONAL, MAIDENHEAD.
ReadingsHandbook of scientific proposal writingRecommendedOruc, A 2012CRC PRESS, BOCA RATON, FLA.
ReadingsHow to do a research project: a guide for undergraduate studentsRecommendedRobson, C 2007BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, MALDEN MA
ReadingsHow to write a business planRecommendedFinch, B 20103RD EDN, KOGAN PAGE, LONDON.
ReadingsIntroduction to research methods: a practical guide for anyone undertaking a research projectRecommendedDawson, C 20094TH EDN, HOW-TO-BOOKS, OXFORD, UK.
ReadingsMarketing: core concepts and applicationsRecommendedPride, W 2007WILEY, AUSTRALIA
ReadingsQuestionnaire design: how to plan, structure and write survey material for effective market researchRecommendedBrace, I 20082ND EDN, KOGAN PAGE, LONDON.
ReadingsResearch design and methods: a process approachRecommendedBordens, K & Abbott, B 2008MCGRAW-HILL, BOSTON.
ReadingsResearch methods and statistics: a critical thinking approachRecommendedJackson, S 20123RD EDN, WADSWORTH CENGAGE LEARNING, BELMONT, CA.
ReadingsResearch methods for business: a skill building approachRecommendedSekaran, U & Bougie, R 2013WILEY, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX
ReadingsSelecting research methodsRecommendedVogt, W 2008SAGE, LONDON
ReadingsThe business plan workbook: the definitive guide to researching, writing up and presenting a winning planRecommendedBarrow, C, Barrow, P & Brown, R 20086TH EDN, KOGAN PAGE, LONDON.
ReadingsThe practice of statistics in the life sciencesRecommendedBaldi, B & Moore, D 20122ND EDN, WH FREEMAN AND CO, NEW YORK.
ReadingsThe undergraduate research handbookRecommendedWisker, G 2009PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, BASINGSTOKE HAMPSHIRE
ReadingsWriting and presenting researchRecommendedThody, A 2006SAGE, LONDON

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Implement, monitor and maintain a project management plan

Activities:
Tutorials and individual supervision will give guidance to students making priorities and thinking critically about their research project. The supervisors will also assist students with the implementation, monitoring and maintenance of their project management plan, including how they will need to dynamically adjust their plan as required. Dialogue with other students and staff will be undertaken informally. Tutorials and references
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

02. Critically evaluate data and make evidence-based recommendations

Activities:
Guidance as to the collection, recording and analysis of data will be given in tutorials building upon previous subjects and individual supervision. Conclusions will be formed after discussion with supervisors.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

03. Communicate at an appropriate level and in an inclusive manner to a professional audience

Activities:
Guides, templates and examples of previous student research work will be given in tutorials and on Moodle. Guidance by supervisors in the presentation of a written report, oral report and poster will also be provided
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

04. Collaborate to develop, clarify, manage and re#ect on an industry relevant project

Activities:
The student will plan and manage their collaboration with others outside their class (industry of other individuals interested in the area) throughout the research project development, implementation and review. The student will be responsible for organising the collaboration meeting times and agendas, recording the discussions and actions from these meetings, and reporting back to the collaborators with regular updates on the project progress. Guidance will be given on Moodle on how to manage a collaboration with others, and the supervisory tutor will also work with the student to check on how effectively the collaborative process is being managed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Two 5.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"2 days of workshops per semester"

Supervisor Consultation Week: 31 - 43
Ten 1.0 hours supervisor consultation per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Face to face, phone meeting or virtual classroom"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
20 minute oral presentation (1000 word equiv) with a 400-word poster presentation. (1400 word equiv)Presentation consists of two components: Oral Presentation - 25%, 20 mins, 1000 words equivalent A3 Poster - 10%, 400 words equivalent The student communicates the change process they have managed including new idea generation, idea development and management, collaboration and outcomes. The poster reinforces the students' communication skills in written form, to compliment the oral presentation.35 02, 03, 04
Project Management Report and Reflection (600 word equiv)Individual task. Early report on how plan is progressing, including collaboration aspect (200 words, Week 3); Report on how plan has been implemented and how collaboration was managed, challenges faced and modifications that were made to respond to these, reflections on the management process (Week 8, 400 words)15 01, 02, 03, 04
Written project Report (2000 word equiv)Written report on project. Student uses the Literature review and methods sections from the AGR3RP1 subject, and then goes on to write a formal report on the project, in the areas of: results, discussion and future recommendations. Students also discuss how they planned and managed collaboration with others outside their class (industry or other individuals interested in the area), to enhance their projec50 02, 03, 04

Epping, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Two 5.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"2 days of workshops per semester"

Supervisor Consultation Week: 10 - 22
Ten 1.0 hours supervisor consultation per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Face to face, phone meeting or virtual classroom"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
20 minute oral presentation (1000 word equiv) with a 400-word poster presentation. (1400 word equiv)Presentation consists of two components: Oral Presentation - 25%, 20 mins, 1000 words equivalent A3 Poster - 10%, 400 words equivalent The student communicates the change process they have managed including new idea generation, idea development and management, collaboration and outcomes. The poster reinforces the students' communication skills in written form, to compliment the oral presentation.35 02, 03, 04
Project Management Report and Reflection (600 word equiv)Individual task. Early report on how plan is progressing, including collaboration aspect (200 words, Week 3); Report on how plan has been implemented and how collaboration was managed, challenges faced and modifications that were made to respond to these, reflections on the management process (Week 8, 400 words)15 01, 02, 03, 04
Written project Report (2000 word equiv)Written report on project. Student uses the Literature review and methods sections from the AGR3RP1 subject, and then goes on to write a formal report on the project, in the areas of: results, discussion and future recommendations. Students also discuss how they planned and managed collaboration with others outside their class (industry or other individuals interested in the area), to enhance their projec50 02, 03, 04