HONOURS AGRICULTURAL B

AGR4HB

2014

Credit points: 60

Subject outline

The full Honours program lasts approximately 9 months and commences in early February. Both AGR4HA and AGR4HB need to be taken up during the one academic year. The Honours program includes an original research project which is supervised by a member of staff of the Department. A variety of scientific techniques will be learned and students will conduct their research independently with some guidance. Scientific communication and thinking skills established during the undergraduate degree will be consolidated and further developed through various workshops and exercises. Other components of the program are designed to put to practice the various skills that are essential for a scientist including the writing of an annotated bibliography and scientific literature review, presentation of introductory and final seminars, participation in an on-line journal club forum, writing of a journal article-style thesis, defence of the thesis and the presentation of a research poster.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points60

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in SHARS or SHS.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students will have to complete both AGR4HA and AGR4HB in one academic year to be able to obtain an Honours degree.

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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

WorkShop
One 1.0 hours workshop per week and delivered via face-to-face.
"Continuous research project (AGR4HA & AGR4HB combined) which can include lab work/field work/work in a non-LTU facility. Research projects may require laboratory and/or outdoor activities with specialist safety considerations and out-of-hours timetabling. Students are advised to discuss research requirements with their supervisor before enrolment."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Annotated bibliography and Literature review (up to 5000 words maximum)10
Final research seminar (20-minute presentation + 5 minutes questions)10
Introductory seminar (15-minute presentation + 5 minutes questions)5
On-line journal club forum. Runs for approximately 4 -5 weeks.Each student will lead a discussion of a paper with a fellow student. Students must actively participate in each discussion, including bringing forward new ideas, resources etc.5
Research poster5
Supervisor's mark (10%) & Coordinator's mark (5%)The assessment components listed are the combined assessment for AGR4HA and AGR4HB.15
Thesis (Journal-article style, 8000 words maximum plus appendices)45
Thesis defence (20 minutes)5

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

WorkShop
One 1.0 hours workshop per week and delivered via face-to-face.
"Continuous research project (AGR4HA & AGR4HB combined) which can include lab work/field work/work in a non-LTU facility. Research projects may require laboratory and/or outdoor activities with specialist safety considerations and out-of-hours timetabling. Students are advised to discuss research requirements with their supervisor before enrolment."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Annotated bibliography and Literature review (up to 5000 words maximum)10
Final research seminar (20-minute presentation + 5 minutes questions)10
Introductory seminar (15-minute presentation + 5 minutes questions)5
On-line journal club forum. Runs for approximately 4 -5 weeks.Each student will lead a discussion of a paper with a fellow student. Students must actively participate in each discussion, including bringing forward new ideas, resources etc.5
Research poster5
Supervisor's mark (10%) & Coordinator's mark (5%)The assessment components listed are the combined assessment for AGR4HA and AGR4HB.15
Thesis (Journal-article style, 8000 words maximum plus appendices)45
Thesis defence (20 minutes)5