RESEARCH PROJECT

ENV3ENP

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

This subject aims to introduce students to scientific research, and involves a project in which the student investigates a scientific problem carried out under the supervision of a member of staff, or, in some cases, an external person with appropriate experience. Students can choose a project from the list of suggested topics or can suggest their own projects, provided they can obtain appropriate supervision approved by the subject co-ordinator. The project involves either acquisition of newdata or use of an existing dataset, which must be analysed and interpreted, and written up as a report describing the problem addressed, the scientific basis of the study, the data acquisition, the analysis and interpretation. Each student will also give a short (~10 minute) oral powerpoint presentation on their research outcomes to the class. 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-ordinatorJohn Webb

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information to generate a scientific report.

Activities:
The student will work under the supervision of an academic staff member to plan the research project. and determine the methods and analysis to be used.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

02. Solve and creatively find solutions to a complex, unfamiliar, real world scientific and technical problem consistent with the faculty and professional standards.

Activities:
The student will independently analyse the data.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

03. Use numerical calculations and graphical representations to manipulate and interpret numerical data and evidence from experiments, scientific reports and journals.

Activities:
The student will use appropriate, calculations, statistics and graphical representations to interpret the data..
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

04. Present coherent explanations supported by evidence in grammatically correct prose in a scientific report that has appropriate referencing, and employs academic integrity and scientific rigour.

Activities:
The final written research thesis requires discussing the significance of the project findings in light of current understanding of the problem/issue in the published literature.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

05. Conduct a clearly spoken presentation to communicate logically the results of the scientific research carried out (including theoretical concepts).

Activities:
The presentation will demonstrate both communication and organisational skills.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

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Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Independent Research Week: 10 - 22
One 60.0 hours independent research per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"60 hours of self-directed learning"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 10-minute oral presentation of the project (equivalent to 750 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Project report equivalent to 3250 words70 01, 02, 03, 04
Literature survey - 500 words (excluding references)20 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Independent Research Week: 31 - 43
One 60.0 hours independent research per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"60 hours of self-directed learning."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 10-minute oral presentation of the project (equivalent to 750 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Project report equivalent to 3250 words70 01, 02, 03, 04
Literature survey - 500 words (excluding references)20 01, 02, 03, 04