HONOURS BOTANY

BOT4HNA

2019

Credit points: 60

Subject outline

The full Honours program lasts approximately 9 months and commences in early February. Both BOT4HNA and BOT4HNB 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 a scientific literature review, presentation of an introductory poster and a final research seminar, preparation of a manuscript-style thesis, and an oral defence of the thesis.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points60

Subject Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

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

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: SHBIS, SHS, SHMES, SHSWCB or SHAVB.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects BOT40HON, BOT41HON

Equivalent subjects BOT41HON

Special conditions This subject represents one semester of a year-long program

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Research, analyse and evaluate published and acquired scientific information and communicate this to a scientific audience in written form.

Activities:
Students will participate in a variety of workshops and exercises on database searching, Endnote, criticalanalysis, synthesising and evaluating scientific information. In addition, workshops on scientific writing provide the necessary skills to prepare a literature review, and a final thesis. The feedback provided on the literature review is useful for improving the skill to write the final thesis. Students will also submit drafts of their work to their supervisor for feedback.

02. Present and discuss research information to/with a scientific audience using effective oral communication skills.

Activities:
Students will receive a workshop on how to give an interesting and informative presentation before their introductory poster presentation is due. Students can practice presentations withintheir research group. Feedback on the introductory seminar in first semester can be used when preparing for the final research seminar. In second semester a media communication workshop will be given. A thesis defence will be held at the end of the semester. Several workshop time slots will also be allocated to discuss student progress and to answer any questions about assignments.

03. Critically analyse and interpret scientific information and data, assess their relevance and validity and justify the conclusions drawn.

Activities:
During the year students will regularly meet with their supervisor to discuss their findings and any issues that arise. Workshops will be given on critical analysis and synthesising and evaluating information.

04. Set up experiments independently and evaluate the techniques used and the data collected in order to make necessary modifications.

Activities:
Students will learn new techniques during their Honours year and execute these independently after initial supervision. Lab inductions will be given to students at the beginning of their project to ensure everyone works safely in the lab, complying with certified laboratoryenvironments. Depending on the research project, students might design their own experiments and experimental protocols using the literature and/or previous methodologies. Students will analyse their data, interpret them and make adjustments to protocols, experiments when needed. During the year students will regularly meet with their supervisor to discuss their findings.

05. Propose an experimental hypothesis and design for an investigation and analyse experimental data using statistical tests relevant for discipline- specific research.

Activities:
Several Statistics workshops will be given during the year. Students regularly meet with their supervisor for feedback and to discuss any issues that arise.

06. Apply knowledge in discipline-relevant research when designing experiments, analysing results and drawing conclusions.

Activities:
Through the literature review, students will gain more insight into the area they are researching. This knowledge will be used when designing experiments, analysing and discussing results, evaluating information and drawing conclusions. Students will learn to analyse and critically evaluate scientific information during the year. Workshops will be given on critical analysis and synthesising and evaluating information.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Week 06-24, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 06 - 24
Seven 7.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 24 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshops are run as Multiple Sessions in week 1 of study"

Supervised Research Week: 06 - 24
One 5.0 days supervised research per week on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 24 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Supervised research may involve laboratory or field work in collaboration/consultation with an academic supervisor. Approx 7 workshops on writing literature reviews, poster, theses, laboratory safety. Attendance at AgriBio/Departmental Seminars is expected. Hours of study are not limited and depend on the demands of the project."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature Review (3000 words maximum)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for BOT4HNA and BOT4HNB.10 01, 03
Introductory Poster and associated oral presentation (3000 words equivalent)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for BOT4HNA and BOT4HNB. Poster session includes multiple 5 minute oral presentations with multiple academics + 5 minutes questions (poster 1000 words, oral presentation 2000 words equivalent).10 01, 02, 03, 05, 06
Final Seminar (15 minutes, + 5 minutes questions) (3000 words maximum)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for BOT4HNA and BOT4HNB.10 02, 03
Manuscript-style thesis (8000 words maximum plus appendices, oral defence,15 minutes)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for BOT4HNA and BOT4HNB.70 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

Melbourne, 2019, Week 28-46, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Class requirements

Supervised Research Week: 28 - 46
One 5.0 days supervised research per week on weekdays during the day from week 28 to week 46 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Supervised research may involve laboratory or field work in collaboration/consultation with an academic supervisor. Approx 7 workshops on writing literature reviews, poster, theses, laboratory safety. Attendance at AgriBio/Departmental Seminars is expected. Hours of study are not limited and depend on the demands of the project."

WorkShop Week: 28 - 46
Seven 7.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 28 to week 46 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshops are run as Multiple Sessions in week 1 of honours"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature Review (3000 words maximum)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for BOT4HNA and BOT4HNB.10 01, 03
Introductory Poster and associated oral presentation (3000 words equivalent)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for BOT4HNA and BOT4HNB. Poster session includes multiple 5 minute oral presentations with multiple academics + 5 minutes questions (poster 1000 words, oral presentation 2000 words equivalent).10 01, 02, 03, 05, 06
Final Seminar (15 minutes, + 5 minutes questions) (3000 words maximum)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for BOT4HNA and BOT4HNB.10 02, 03
Manuscript-style thesis (8000 words maximum plus appendices, oral defence,15 minutes)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for BOT4HNA and BOT4HNB.70 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06