SCIENCE PROJECT

SCI3PRJ

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The student undertakes a semester-long research or development project related to his or her major studies under the guidance of an academic supervisor. At the end of the semester, the student must present a seminar and submit a formal written report on the project. Capstone experiences will complement those in SCI3AAT, but will also serve students who have not taken that unit.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites completion of 180 credit points towards Bachelor of Science degree or approval of the subject coordinator

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.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFirst year survival guideRecommendedFSTE 20133RD EDITION LATROBE UNIVERSITY

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Plan and execute independent research or developmental work relating to a supervised science discipline of choice.

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:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

02. Analyse, evaluate and synthesise information obtained through independent research or developmental work to prepare a comprehnsive report.

Activities:
Writing two draft reports to obtain feedback, before writing the final report.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Critically evaluate scientificliterature relating to an area of research.

Activities:
Obtain feedback relating to a literature review as part of writing the final report.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

04. Formally present to an audience of peers and academics the findings of an independent piece of research.

Activities:
Deliver and oral presentation relating to the completed project. Assess several other presentations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Speaking (Speaking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 22 - 22
One 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*
final presentation (20 minutes)10 04
final report (2,500 words)60 01, 02, 03
first draft of report10 01, 02, 03
outline and introduction (up to 1000 words)20 01, 03

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 43 - 43
One 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*
final presentation (20 minutes)10 04
final report (2,500 words)60 01, 02, 03
first draft of report10 01, 02, 03
outline and introduction (up to 1000 words)20 01, 03