APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 2

AGR3RP2

2020

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

In this subject you will complete the second part of an applied research project begun in the subject Applied Research Project 1. You will apply knowledge and skills to undertake a small research project including: the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, ethics considerations are addressed where required, and the development of recommendations and/or materials for industry. You are to present your findings at the completion of the research. Demonstrate project management processes and complete your project on-time, and ability to organize, liaise and work closely with external collaborators. You are provided with research supervision by teaching staff and/or appropriate industry professionals. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. which entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions - now and in the future.

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 AGR3RP1 and must be admitted in one of the following courses: Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (SBATE) or the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (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 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. Manage an applied research project to produce research data.

Activities:
Workshops and individual supervision will give guidance to students about making priorities and thinking critically about their research project. The supervisors will also assist students with the implementation, monitoring and maintenance of their project management plan, including how they will need to dynamically adjust their plan as required. Dialogue with other students and staff will be undertaken informally.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Critically evaluate data from a research project to make evidence-based recommendations based on the results.

Activities:
Guidance as to the collection, recording and analysis of data will be given in tutorials building upon previous subjects and individual supervision. Conclusions will be formed after discussion with supervisors.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Assemble and critique research results to present to experts in the field

Activities:
Guides, templates and examples of previous student research work will be discussed in tutorials and available on Moodle. Supervisors will provide guidance on the presentation of a written report, oral report and poster.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Demonstrate research collaboration to enhance project outcomes

Activities:
The student will plan and manage their collaboration with others outside their class (industry or other individuals interested in the area) while their research project is being developed, implemented and reviewed. The student will be responsible for organising the collaboration meeting times and developing the agendas and recording the discussions and actions from these meetings. The student will regularly update the collaborators on the progress of the project. Guidance will be given on Moodle on how to manage a collaboration with others, and the supervisory tutor will also work with the student to check on how effectively the collaborative process is being managed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Class requirements

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 face-to-face.
"Face to face, phone meeting or virtual classroom"

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Two 5.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"2 days of workshops per semester"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
20 minute oral presentation (1,000-word equivalent) + a poster (400 words) (total is equivalent to 1Presentation consists of two components: Oral Presentation - 25%, 20 mins, 1000-word equivalent A3 Poster - 10%, 400-word equivalent. The student communicates the change process they have managed including generation of new ideas, development and management of ideas, collaboration and outcomes. The poster reinforces the students' communication skills in written form to compliment the oral presentation. 35 02, 03, 04
Project Management Report and Reflection (600 word)Individual task. Early report on how plan is progressing, including collaboration aspect (200 words, Week 3); Report on how plan has been implemented and how collaboration was managed, challenges faced and modifications that were made to respond to these, reflections on the management process (Week 8, 400 words)15 01, 02, 03, 04
Written project Report (2500-words)Written report on project. Student uses the Literature review and methods sections from the AGR3RP1 subject, and then goes on to write a formal report on the project, in the areas of: results, discussion and future recommendations. Students may also discuss how they planned and managed collaboration with others outside their class (industry or other individuals interested in the area), to enhance their proj50 02, 03, 04

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 5.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"2 days of workshops per 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 face-to-face.
"Face to face, phone meeting or virtual classroom"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
20 minute oral presentation (1,000-word equivalent) + a poster (400 words) (total is equivalent to 1Presentation consists of two components: Oral Presentation - 25%, 20 mins, 1000-word equivalent A3 Poster - 10%, 400-word equivalent. The student communicates the change process they have managed including generation of new ideas, development and management of ideas, collaboration and outcomes. The poster reinforces the students' communication skills in written form to compliment the oral presentation. 35 02, 03, 04
Project Management Report and Reflection (600 word)Individual task. Early report on how plan is progressing, including collaboration aspect (200 words, Week 3); Report on how plan has been implemented and how collaboration was managed, challenges faced and modifications that were made to respond to these, reflections on the management process (Week 8, 400 words)15 01, 02, 03, 04
Written project Report (2500-words)Written report on project. Student uses the Literature review and methods sections from the AGR3RP1 subject, and then goes on to write a formal report on the project, in the areas of: results, discussion and future recommendations. Students may also discuss how they planned and managed collaboration with others outside their class (industry or other individuals interested in the area), to enhance their proj50 02, 03, 04