agr3rp1 applied research project 1




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject develops student theoretical knowledge and skills of the methods and relevant project management skills required to plan and undertake an applied research project in the primary industries. Students will develop an understanding of applied research practices and processes including searching for, analysing and synthesising relevant academic literature; selected research methodologies and common approaches to applied research in the primary industries; research design and methods of data collection; ethical considerations; relevant skills of project management. This subject is the first part of a research project that will be continued in Applied Research Project 2. Students will be provided with applied research supervision by teaching staff or appropriate industry professional.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SCI2SED and Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEnglish for writing research papersRecommendedWallwork, A 2011SPRINGER, NEW YORK
ReadingsFarm business and 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. Analyse and synthesise ideas and concepts from a search of relevant agricultural, scientific and business literature

Students will search literature and write a literature review. This will be presented to their peers and staff.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

02. Apply planning techniques and evidence-based knowledge to develop a research project proposal

Tutorials will be used to assist students in planning for their research project. Techniques such as Gantt charts will be used.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

03. Apply techniques of project management to maintain documentation

Techniques of document version control and back up systems will be explored to ensure security of work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)

04. Apply project management skills to develop project aims, milestones and manage resources

Tutorials will expolore management skills and techniques. Students will consult with relevant staff, students and industry people to source requisites. Students will present their research proposal to their peers and staff.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical Awareness(Ethical Awareness)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
Two 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Presentation project proposal (20 minutes)2501, 02, 04
Project management documents (1500 words)1003
Tutorial Participation and exercises (5 times during semester)3001, 02, 03
Written project proposal (2500 words)3501, 02, 04