SCIENCE PROJECT

SCI3PRJ

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, the student undertakes a semester-long research or development project related to his or her major studies under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The student will solve a given problem with creativity and imagination and will develop new ideas about an aspect of their chosen field and how to manage and communicate these.  They will achieve this by applying theory, locating new knowledge and synthesising it along with their results into a project report. Many problems in science are multi-disciplinary, thus students will experience the needs and benefits of collaboration and net-working across discipline boundaries and thus gain insight into the process of working as a scientist. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship 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 Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must complete at least 180 credit points towards Bachelor of Science degree with at least 30 credit points of 2nd year science subjects

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Specific project availability in any one year depends on staff availability and loads. Students will need to enter discussions with potential supervisors in the semester prior to undertaking their project.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically evaluate scientific literature relating to a specialist area of science research, identify existing gaps and justify the need to address these.

Activities:
Organise regular meetings with a supervisor to discuss work completed and plan ongoing tasks. Maintain a laboratory journal. Execute research with supervision.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Investigate research questions independently and collaboratively in creative and innovative ways that are based on sound scientific principles.

Activities:
Write two draft reports to obtain feedback, before writing the final report.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Analyse, evaluate and synthesise information obtained through independent and collaborative research to prepare reports that reflect broad theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in a specialist science area.

Activities:
Obtain feedback relating to a literature review as part of writing the final report.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

04. Formally present research findings to peers and academics clearly and coherently.

Activities:
Deliver an oral presentation relating to the completed project. Assess several other presentations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 22 - 22
Two 3.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 22 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Introduction and Literature Review (1000 word equiv)This will form part of the final report20 03
Project outline and methodology (500 words equiv)This will form part of the final report10 01
1x10 minute oral presentation (500 word equiv)10 04
Final Report (2500 word equiv)Assessment is focused on results, discussion and conclusion60 02

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 43 - 43
Two 3.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 43 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Introduction and Literature Review (1000 word equiv)This will form part of the final report20 03
Project outline and methodology (500 words equiv)This will form part of the final report10 01
1x10 minute oral presentation (500 word equiv)10 04
Final Report (2500 word equiv)Assessment is focused on results, discussion and conclusion60 02