RESEARCH PROJECT A

BIO5RPA

2021

Credit points: 60

Subject outline

This subject is one of two research-based subjects (BIO5RPA and BIO5RPB) completed back-to-back in the Research Project pathway of Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. During the research program students will participate in an individual research project under academic supervision where they will gain experience with planning and performing independent research. Students will develop research and communication skills by writing a literature review on the area of the research and presenting a research plan, attend Departmental seminars to expose them to cutting-edge biotechnology techniques, and prepare and present a research poster detailing the goals and progress of their project. The full research program culminates with the submission of a research thesis discussing the year's work.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points60

Subject Co-ordinatorJeff Yeoman

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis subject of study represents one of two subjects that constitute the year-long research program. Students must complete BIO5RPA in one teaching period and BIO5RPB in the following teaching period.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Investigate scientific literature relevant to a biotechnology research project to produce a comprehensive literature review.
02. Explain complex scientific information and ideas to peers.
03. Plan and conduct laboratory experiments that contribute to an overarching research project in a specialist research field.
04. Identify and interpret scientific information in the form of seminar presentations by leading researchers in their fields.
05. Reflect on research progress and analyses of experimental results in an oral format.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Week 06-24, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeff Yeoman

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 6 - 24
One 1.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 6 to week 24 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students will be required to attend the weekly Department of Biochemistry/ Genetics seminar, presented by a leading researcher in the fields of biochemistry, genetics and biotechnology.

Supervised ResearchWeek: 6 - 24
Five 7.00 h supervised research per week on weekdays during the day from week 6 to week 24 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students will be expected to spend 30-35 hours a week on laboratory research in total.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Literature review (5400 words).

Student will be given feedback by their supervisor and through the timetabled writing workshops.

Literature review will need to be submitted to the subject coordinator by a specified date during the first semester of research.

N/AN/AIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

Evaluation of research seminars (equivalent to 3600 words).

Student will complete several short written evaluations of selected Departmental seminars given by leading external researchers.

N/AN/AIndividualNo20 SILO2, SILO4

Research plan presentation (equivalent to 1800 words)

Students will present a short seminar describing their research plan in the context of current literature and answer questions related to their project.

N/AN/AIndividualNo10 SILO2

Laboratory progress performance (supervisor's mark) (equivalent to 7200 words).

Supervisors will evaluate research work based on laboratory performance, including employability criteria described on the assessment sheet. Criteria are circulated to students & supervisors.

N/AN/AIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Week 30-50, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeff Yeoman

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 30 - 47
One 1.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 47 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students will be required to attend the weekly Department of Biochemistry/Genetics seminar, presented by a leading researcher in the fields of biochemistry, genetics and biotechnology.

Supervised ResearchWeek: 30 - 47
Five 7.00 h supervised research per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 47 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students will be expected to spend 30-35 hours a week on laboratory research in total.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Literature review (5400 words).

Student will be given feedback by their supervisor and through the timetabled writing workshops.

Literature review will need to be submitted to the subject coordinator by a specified date during the first semester of research.

N/AN/AIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

Evaluation of research seminars (equivalent to 3600 words).

Student will complete several short written evaluations of selected Departmental seminars given by leading external researchers.

N/AN/AIndividualNo20 SILO2, SILO4

Research plan presentation (equivalent to 1800 words)

Students will present a short seminar describing their research plan in the context of current literature and answer questions related to their project.

N/AN/AIndividualNo10 SILO2

Laboratory progress performance (supervisor's mark) (equivalent to 7200 words).

Supervisors will evaluate research work based on laboratory performance, including employability criteria described on the assessment sheet. Criteria are circulated to students & supervisors.

N/AN/AIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5