THESIS D

BIO5THD

2017

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject forms the last of 4 thesis subjects which are usually run as a group over two semesters. In this subject students will complete their laboratory-based experimental work and bring together all of their work from BIO5THA, BIO5THB, BIO5THC and BIO5THD in the form of a written thesis of approximately 10,000-12,000 words.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMegan Maher

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SMBB.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify, read and understand scientific literature relevant to the research project

Activities:
Students are expected to continue accumulating knowledge about their research project and the fundamental biological and biochemical principles behind it throughout their research year.

02. Carry out semi-independent laboratory experiments as the core phase of the research project

Activities:
Laboratory-based research of around 25-30 hours/week divided between subjects BIO5THC and BIO5THD.

03. Critically analyse and consolidate experimental data.

Activities:
Students need to critically assess and analyse their research data. This is a major part of the task of composing the research thesis (major assessment for this subject).

04. Presentation of research data and its interpretation

Activities:
This forms a major component for the preparation of the research thesis for this subject.

05. Compose a research thesis

Activities:
Writing workshops will be timetabled to assist the students in developing writing skills toward this ILO.

06. Appreciate and digest scientific information in the form of seminar presentations by leading researchers in their fields.

Activities:
Attend weekly departmental research seminars presented by research leaders from scientific institutes from outside the La Trobe.

07. Report research progress and analyses of experimental results in an oral format.

Activities:
Laboratory meetings or timetabled weekly workshops with the student's supervisor or mentor. These meetings may take place individually or in a group setting.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Maher

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"These workshops are designed to focus on writing and data presentation skills toward the completion of a research thesis as the major component of assessment for this subject."

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours seminar every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be required to attend the weekly Department of Biochemistry/Genetics seminar, presented by a leading researcher from outside La Trobe University. A short quiz will follow the seminar."

Supervised Research Week: 10 - 22
Two 7.0 hours supervised research per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be expected to work 25-30 hours a week on laboratory research in total between BIO5THC and BIO5THD."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 15,000-word thesisEach thesis will be examined by two external examiners.80 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Supervisor markA marking rubric will be provided to all supervisors for this purpose.10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Seminar attendance and quizA simple quiz will follow each Departmental seminar presented by a researcher from outside La Trobe University. The combined score for these quizzes throughout the term of the research year will contribute 5% of the mark for BIO5THD.5 06, 07
Poster presentationThis assessment will contribute 5% to the total mark given for the subject BIO5THD.5 01, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Maher

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"These workshops are designed to focus on writing and data presentation skills toward the completion of a research thesis as the major component of assessment for this subject."

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours seminar every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be required to attend the weekly Department of Biochemistry/Genetics seminar, presented by a leading researcher from outside La Trobe University. A short quiz will follow the seminar."

Supervised Research Week: 31 - 43
Two 7.0 hours supervised research per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be expected to work 25-30 hours a week on laboratory research in total between BIO5THC and BIO5THD."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 15,000-word thesisEach thesis will be examined by two external examiners.80 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Supervisor markA marking rubric will be provided to all supervisors for this purpose.10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Seminar attendance and quizA simple quiz will follow each Departmental seminar presented by a researcher from outside La Trobe University. The combined score for these quizzes throughout the term of the research year will contribute 5% of the mark for BIO5THD.5 06, 07
Poster presentationThis assessment will contribute 5% to the total mark given for the subject BIO5THD.5 01, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2017, Week 48-08, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Maher

Class requirements

Supervised Research Week: 48
Two 7.0 hours supervised research per week on weekdays during the day in week 48 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be expected to work 25-30 hours a week on laboratory research in total between BIO5THC and BIO5THD."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 15,000-word thesisEach thesis will be examined by two external examiners.80 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Supervisor markA marking rubric will be provided to all supervisors for this purpose.10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Seminar attendance and quizA simple quiz will follow each Departmental seminar presented by a researcher from outside La Trobe University. The combined score for these quizzes throughout the term of the research year will contribute 5% of the mark for BIO5THD.5 06, 07
Poster presentationThis assessment will contribute 5% to the total mark given for the subject BIO5THD.5 01, 03, 04