AGRIC 7014WT - Research Project
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code AGRIC 7014WT Course Research Project Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Waite Campus Units 12 Contact By supervision Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Sue Bastian
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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
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,4,5,6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents 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 SummaryThe 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
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Introductory Seminar Formative
0% 1,2,3 Literature Review & Research Proposal Formative & Summative Week 4
20% 1,2,3 Final Seminar Formative & Summative Week 10
20% 1-6 Thesis Summative Week 12
60% 1-6 Thesis Defence Formative Week 13
Assessment DetailIntroductory Seminar (0%)
Literature Review & Research Proposal (20%)
Final Seminar (20%)
Students must complete a research dissertation of not longer than 10,000 words.
Thesis Defence (0%)
SubmissionIf 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.
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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
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