CHEM ENG 4056 - Research Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM ENG 4056 Course Research Practice Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Minimum of 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description Principles underpinning research (e.g. scientific method; ethics; health & safety) and associated skills (e.g. record keeping; literature research; proposal writing) will be expounded and developed. This will be done through a combination of lectures, workshops and project work. The project work will centre around the development of a research proposal; a major element of this will be literature research and review.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dzuy Nguyen
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the completion of this course, students should be able to:
1 Demonstrate understanding of research ethics, and health & safety in the research
2 Understand the scientific method and its' rational; 3 Form well-posed research questions and hypothesis; 4 Identify efficiently and effectively the literature relevant to a research question; 5 Design a plausible approach to addressing a research question; 6 Develop a suitable plan to address a research question; 7 Prepare a sound and engaging research proposal; 8 Prepare an effective poster reporting a literature review; and 9 Maintain appropriate research records.
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. 1-9 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3-5, 7-9 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7-9 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4, 7, 8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-9 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-9 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1
Recommended ResourcesReference Books
Bock P 2001, Getting It Right, Academic Press.
Booth WC, Colomb GG, Williams JM 2008, The Craft of Research, 3rd edition, The University of Chicago Press.
Online LearningA range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course uses a number of different teaching and learning approaches including lectures, seminars and one-on-one or small group tutoring by academic & research staff.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Contact Hours Non-contact Hours Lectures 12 24 Research seminars 4 4 1-on-1/Small Group Tutoring 12 Literature research 60 Proposal writing 24 Poster preparation 8 TOTAL 28 132
Learning Activities SummaryTopic 1: The Research Process
The scientific method; framing research questions & hypotheses; design and planning of research; research proposal development; record keeping; ethics; health & safety.
Topic 2: Searching and Using the Literature
Search strategies; hands-on use of bibliographic databases; use of literature resources, both off- and on-line; Endnote; citing sources.
Topic 3: Communication of Research Findings
Preparation of: literature review, poster, dissertation, and various forms of papers.
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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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