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Unit description

Allows Masters students to undertake a major individual investigation that involves the application of multidisciplinary skills, and to prepare a report with a research focus or integrated management focus. Masters students are encouraged to submit an article to a refereed journal if they complete this unit and SCI03071. Research Project II is a double weighted unit.

Unit content

This is an independent research unit and there is no formal syllabus. On completion of Research Project II students should be able to conduct independent research from conception to completion.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1frame a research question, develop aims and associated testable hypothesesIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2plan and design an experimental research projectIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3critically evaluate and apply considerations needed when experimenting with live animals including applying animal ethics in researchEthical practice
4select and apply appropriate statistics for analyses of specific datasetsIntellectual rigour
5organise and manage resource and time priorities and work as a team with fellow scholarsCommunication and social skills
6demonstrate the ability to interpret the results of field work/experiments with special consideration to the scientific literature.Intellectual rigourCreativityEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. frame a research question, develop aims and associated testable hypotheses
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. plan and design an experimental research project
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. critically evaluate and apply considerations needed when experimenting with live animals including applying animal ethics in research
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  4. select and apply appropriate statistics for analyses of specific datasets
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  5. organise and manage resource and time priorities and work as a team with fellow scholars
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. demonstrate the ability to interpret the results of field work/experiments with special consideration to the scientific literature.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • No prescribed texts.

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Self-directed project Negotiated (Negotiated)
Assessment
Research Proposal10%
Presentation10%
Project report80%
Practical skillsSR

Teaching method
Self-directed project Negotiated (Negotiated)
Assessment
Research Proposal10%
Presentation10%
Project report80%
Practical skillsSR

Teaching method
Self-directed project Negotiated (Negotiated)
Assessment
Research Proposal10%
Presentation10%
Project report80%
Practical skillsSR
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