APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 1

AGR3RP1

2020

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; and 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 an appropriate industry professional.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SCI2SED and must be admitted to SBATE or VET2EBN and must be admitted into SBVN

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

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. Search and evaluate current literature through critique and the synthesis of ideas to develop hypotheses which can be tested.

Activities:
Students will search the literature and write a literature review. This will be presented to their peers and staff. Quizzes will assess proficiency.

02. Develop a research project proposal by applying planning techniques and evidence-based knowledge

Activities:
Students will also be guided through how to approach and liaise with external collaborators. Students will present their research proposal to their peers and staff. Quizzes will assess proficiency.

03. Create, maintain and document a project management plan

Activities:
Tutorials will explore management skills and techniques. Students will consult with relevant staff, students and industry people to source required materials, and for collaboration on the project. Quizzes will assess proficiency.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Two 7.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Two days of workshops during the semester"

Supervisor Consultation Week: 10 - 22
Ten 1.0 hours supervisor consultation per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Weekly during semester Face to Face OR phone meeting OR virtual classroom"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
20 minute project proposal oral presentation (1,000-words equivalent)Students verbally present their project proposal, including a summary of their literature review findings, their proposed methods for their project, and what they hope to find or create for their applied industry research project. Presentation 15 minutes talk and 5 mins of questions.20 01, 02
Project Management Documentation and Planning (600-words)Documentation used for project management, including the planning for the ongoing project development and implementation15 03
5 x 10 min Online Tests (equivalent to a total of 1200 - words)Quizzes test the skills required to manage a research project. Quizzes are: 1. Philosophy of research and research design, establishing an hypothesis 2. Research ethics, human and animal ethics 3. Data management using Excel 4. Document management using Word 5. Project planning Assessments are a combination of Short answer and MCQs 30 01, 02
Written project proposal (1,500-words)Project Proposal - student undertakes a Literature review on the research project area, and then develops a methods section in which they plan how they will undertake their research project and what type of information they hope to find, or artifacts to create with applications for industry. Students will then go on to carry out their project in the AGR3RP2 subject.35 01, 02, 03

Epping, 2020, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Two 7.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"Two days of workshops during the semester"

Supervisor Consultation Week: 31 - 43
Ten 1.0 hours supervisor consultation per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"Weekly during semester Face to Face OR phone meeting OR virtual classroom"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
20 minute project proposal oral presentation (1,000-words equivalent)Students verbally present their project proposal, including a summary of their literature review findings, their proposed methods for their project, and what they hope to find or create for their applied industry research project. Presentation 15 minutes talk and 5 mins of questions.20 01, 02
Project Management Documentation and Planning (600-words)Documentation used for project management, including the planning for the ongoing project development and implementation15 03
5 x 10 min Online Tests (equivalent to a total of 1200 - words)Quizzes test the skills required to manage a research project. Quizzes are: 1. Philosophy of research and research design, establishing an hypothesis 2. Research ethics, human and animal ethics 3. Data management using Excel 4. Document management using Word 5. Project planning Assessments are a combination of Short answer and MCQs 30 01, 02
Written project proposal (1,500-words)Project Proposal - student undertakes a Literature review on the research project area, and then develops a methods section in which they plan how they will undertake their research project and what type of information they hope to find, or artifacts to create with applications for industry. Students will then go on to carry out their project in the AGR3RP2 subject.35 01, 02, 03