SCIENCE 2300 - Principles & Practice of Research (Advanced) II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code SCIENCE 2300 Course Principles & Practice of Research (Advanced) II Coordinating Unit Sciences General Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 8 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Assumed Knowledge SCIENCE 1100 Restrictions Available to BSc (Adv) students only Course Description Science 2300 is intended to expose students to the university research environment and familiarise them with the practice of research, including the experimental and theoretical paradigms of specific scientific disciplines. The course builds on the principles of scientific research introduced in Science 1100. Students will be immersed into contemporary programs of research through engagement with a number of different academic researchers, each of whom will present a current problem or project from their own research. Students will read and analyse current scientific literature, and will develop insights into the practise of scientific investigation though tutorials and written critical reviews. In addition, students will choose an academic mentor, who will supervise the exploration of a specific scientific research topic. Through a series of individual mentor meetings, students will develop a talk on their research subject, to be delivered at an end-of-semester symposium. These engaging 'research attachments' enhance a student's understanding of scientific methods and critical thinking. Students will emerge with a clearer understanding of the roles various people play in scientific discovery and some of the career paths a degree in science can make possible.
Course Coordinator: Phill Cassey
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
This course aims to:
1 develop student competence in the understanding and analysis of contemporary scientific research, through reading and analysis of the current scientific literature, and the written and oral communication of current methodological and experimental practices; 2 demonstrate the integrated nature of scientific thinking & scientific research; 3 demonstrate the importance of scientific process and critical thinking; 4 develop a deepening understanding of the importance of science communication and an appreciation of the ways in which scientists interact with each other and the wider community.
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, 2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course consists of four tutorials conducted in small group settings (academic researcher and anywhere from 2-12 students) and a research review project (one-on-one project with a research/teaching mentor).
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This table presents an estimate of your workload in terms of non-contact time
Total noncontact time
Pre-tutorial session literature reading (4 topics)
4 hours per tutorial topic
Post-tutorial session: additional reading/analysis
4 hours per tutorial topic
Writing tutorial reports (4)
6 hours per tutorial
Research review notebook
2 hours per meeting, 6 meetings
Research, reading analysis for research review topic
Estimate 25 hours
Symposium talk preparation
Estimate 20 hours
Learning Activities SummaryEach tutorial or research review project meeting, unless otherwise arranged by your tutor or your academic supervisor, will take place between 4-6pm Monday of the week. Tutors/academic supervisors may choose to use the timetabled space or he/she may email you with a different location.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Marks are based on the following:
% of total assessment
Critical Review Report #1 due week 4
Critical Review Report #2 due week 6
Critical Review Report #3 due week 8
Critical Review Report #4 due week 10
Research review notebook
Oral presentation content
Oral presentation delivery
Critical Reviews of Tutorial Topics: (65%)
A written review and critical analysis of the research material presented in each tutorial. Individual academic tutors may assign specific questions to be addressed by the written review. Task length – 1800 - 2000 words. Submission will vary between electronic and hardcopy, depending upon the tutor’s choice.
Research Review Notebook/journal: (10%)
This will be a collection of the student’s own notes and collected primary and secondary reference sources connected with the development of the final symposium talk. The notebook should be a record of the student’s progress in understanding their chosen research topic and becoming a critical thinker. It should include: printed copies of the key scientific literature (the student may prefer to keep only electronic copies of secondary papers, though they must demonstrate that an organised electronic collection exists), a system of notes/commentaries distilling their collected literature, a written record of their mentor talks, and written evidence of the development and evolution of their symposium talk. This is due at the time of the oral presentations, in week 12 or 13.
Oral presentation—Content: (20%) and Delivery (5%)
The final oral presentations will be assessed in two distinct parts.
1) The student’s talk will be assessed on whether they have developed a coherent and understandable research-based topic, have understood and effectively marshalled the experimental data which underlies their topic, have accurately portrayed the current scientific literature and cited appropriated sources, and a number of other “objective” criteria that measure the student’s success at the task of condensing a large body of data into a short talk understandable by a scientifically literate audience. Also,
where appropriate, students should explore the implications of the research/data presented in their talk, the possible models/theories that have built, and the deficiencies, weaknesses and/or gaps in these models. In addition, students may also detail the possible approaches for pursuing further research in their chosen area. All academics who have participated in tutorials
and who have served as academic mentors for the attachments would be expected to be present. Marking sheets would be filled in by all academics present for the talks.
2) The student’s talks will also be assessed for their effectiveness in the delivery of their presentation. Marking topics would include: organization of talk (intro/aims/data/analysis/conclusion), effectiveness at communicating complex scientific ideas and theories (use of figures/diagrams, use of metaphors), oral delivery (is speech clear, coherent; has talk been rehearsed), etc.
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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
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