HONOURS BOTANY

BOT4HNA

2021

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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points60

Subject Co-ordinatorNick Murphy

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsBOT41HON

Equivalent subjectsBOT41HON

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis subject represents one semester of a year-long program

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. Research, analyse and evaluate published and acquired scientific information and communicate this to a scientific audience in written form.
02. Present and discuss research information to/with a scientific audience using effective oral communication skills.
03. Critically analyse and interpret scientific information and data, assess their relevance and validity and justify the conclusions drawn.
04. Set up experiments independently and evaluate the techniques used and the data collected in order to make necessary modifications.
05. Propose an experimental hypothesis and design for an investigation and analyse experimental data using statistical tests relevant for discipline- specific research.
06. Apply knowledge in discipline-relevant research when designing experiments, analysing results and drawing conclusions.

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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-ordinatorNick Murphy

Class requirements

Supervised ResearchWeek: 6 - 24
One 5.00 days supervised research per week on weekdays during the day from week 6 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.

WorkShopWeek: 6 - 24
Seven 7.00 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 6 to week 24 and delivered via face-to-face.
Workshops are run as Multiple Sessions in week 1 of study

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Literature Review (3000 words maximum)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO3

Introductory Poster and associated oral presentation (3000 words equivalent)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6

Final Seminar (15 minutes, + 5 minutes questions) (3000 words maximum)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO2, SILO3

One 10,000-words Thesis (+ appendices)

N/AOtherIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Week 28-46, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNick Murphy

Class requirements

Supervised ResearchWeek: 28 - 46
One 5.00 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.

WorkShopWeek: 28 - 46
Seven 7.00 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 elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Literature Review (3000 words maximum)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO3

Introductory Poster and associated oral presentation (3000 words equivalent)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6

Final Seminar (15 minutes, + 5 minutes questions) (3000 words maximum)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO2, SILO3

One 10,000-words Thesis (+ appendices)

N/AOtherIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6