AGRIC 7014WT - Research Project

Waite Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Projects comprise some or all of laboratory experiments, field trials, case studies, and critical literature reviews, and normally culminate in a seminar and a substantial written report. Topics for projects are chosen in consultation with the Project Supervisor.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code AGRIC 7014WT
    Course Research Project
    Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 12
    Contact By supervision
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assessment to be advised
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Sue Bastian

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate an original and critical approach in the assimilation of the current state of
    knowledge in a particular area of research.
    2 Identify current gaps in our understanding and the future areas for experimental
    investigation in a particular area of research.
    3 Demonstrate mastery of the basic techniques required for the experimental study of a
    research question.
    4 Develop a rigorous and methodical approach to the maintenance of laboratory records
    and the collection, storage and analysis of experimental data.
    5 Identify and evaluate a problem and define the important elements required for its
    solution (appreciating the risks and benefits of alternate approaches).
    6 Communicate scientific information clearly and concisely in written and spoken English.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,5,6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,3,5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3,4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students will undertake a research project which will require guidance by a supervisor in research skills and experimental design.

    Based on scientific research, literature review, research proposal and seminars, plus a thesis and oral defense.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 12 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend 48 hours per week on
    their studies. This includes both time spent undertaking research, reading scientific literature and writing literature reviews, research
    proposals, seminars and a final thesis.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The research project will enable students to develop the basic skills required for the practice of independent
    scientific research and an appreciation of the scientific method and the application of problem solving strategies in
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Introductory Seminar Formative

    Week 3
    (Part 1)

    0% 1,2,3
    Literature Review & Research Proposal Formative & Summative Week 4
    (Part 1)
    20% 1,2,3
    Final Seminar Formative & Summative Week 10
    (Part 2)
    20% 1-6
    Thesis Summative Week 12
    (Part 2)
    60% 1-6
    Thesis Defence Formative Week 13
    (Part 2)
    0% 1-6
    Assessment Detail
    Introductory Seminar (0%)

    Literature Review & Research Proposal (20%)

    Final Seminar (20%)

    Thesis (60%)
    Students must complete a research dissertation of not longer than 10,000 words.

    Thesis Defence (0%)
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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