BIOTECH 7010B - Research Project Part 2
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code BIOTECH 7010B Course Research Project Part 2 Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 18 Contact Up to 35 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites TECHCOMM 5016, EDUC 7055, EDUC 7055 & BIOTECH 7010A Restrictions Available to GCBIBIOM, GDBIBIOM, MBIBIOM students only Course Description This course consists of a research project and written thesis. It is designed to develop the practical skills required for a successful career in scientific research or related activities. It provides advanced education and training in the principles of scientific research and the current state of knowledge and techniques used in the field of biomedical research. Thus, students learn to search and understand scientific literature relevant to their chosen discipline, to design, evaluate and present scientific experiments, and to develop written and verbal communication skills.
Each student is expected to carry out a laboratory based research project during the year. At the end of the year the project outcomes are to be written up as a thesis using a form similar to that required for publication of research data. The thesis will include a summary of work done, an introduction outlining the theoretical background related to the work actually carried out (see Biotechnology Research Project Part I), materials and methods, results and a discussion of the results obtained in relation to the general background of the study.
Each student will be required to give a formal presentation of their research at the end of the year, followed by an oral defence of their findings and conclusions.
Course Coordinator: Dr Antonio Focareta
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate an understanding of basic research methodologies used in biomedical science research. 2 Demonstrate an expert knowledge and insightful understanding of their chosen field of research. 3 Develop an ability to evaluate research articles and research proposals, including critical analysis and interpretation of data, arguments and conclusions presented in the scientific literature. 4 Demonstrate an appreciation of the current gaps in our understanding and the future areas for investigation in a particular area of research. 5 Develop a capacity to identify and evaluate a problem and define the important elements required for its solution while appreciating the risks and benefits of alternate approaches. 6 Develop an ability to effectively plan a research proposal in the field of biomedical research. 7 Demonstrate mastery of the basic techniques required for the study of a research question. 8 Develop a rigorous and methodical approach to the maintenance of records and the collection, storage and analysis of data. 9 Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues associated with their chosen field of research. 10 Develop and demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate written and oral presentations to a scientific audience.
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. 1-7, 8, 10 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 4, 8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5, 10 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2, 9, 10 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2, 9
Required ResourcesNo specific text book is required for this course. Students will be expected to access literature and databases relevant to their reseach project. Most literature will be in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles.
Online LearningStudents will be expected to access online molecular biology databases appropriate to their research project and e-resources such as e-journals.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means: A major research project and thesis form the basis of this course. The 9 month research project is based on the research proposal; (see co-requisite Biotechnology Research Project Part I).
Each project will develop specific skills involving laboratory work on a topic of relevance in the area of biotechnology. Students will will be required to understand and critically analyse scientific literature relevant to their chosen discipline, to design, evaluate and present scientific experiments, and to develop written and verbal communication skills.
Students will have a supervisor (academic, researcher or affiliate) either from the laboratory where the research project will be undertaken, or have one assigned who is appropriate for the project (see co-requisite course Biotechnology Research Project, Part II) and a scientific or industry-based mentor.
At the end of the year the project outcomes are to be written up as a thesis using a form similar to that required for publication of research data. The thesis will include a summary of work done, an introduction outlining the theoretical background related to the work actually carried out (see Biotechnology Research Project Part I), materials and methods, results and a discussion of the results obtained in relation to the general background of the study.
Each student will be required to give a formal presentation of their research at the end of the year, followed by an oral defence of their findings and conclusions followed by a time of questions.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in this 12 unit course, should expect to spend, up to 35 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both contact time as well as non-contact time.
Learning Activities SummaryA major research project and thesis form the basis of this course. The 9 month research project is based on the research proposal; (see co-requisite Biotechnology Research Project Part I).
Each project will develop specific skills involving laboratory work on a topic of relevance in the area of biotechnology. Students will have a supervisor (academic, researcher or affiliate) either from the laboratory where the research project will be undertaken, or have one assigned who is appropriate for the project (see co-requisite course Biotechnology Research Project, Part II) and a scientific or industry-based mentor.
Project and Thesis:
Each student will carry out a research project in an area of Biotechnology (Biomedical Science). At the end of the year the project is to be written up as a thesis using a form similar to that required for publication
of research data. The thesis should include a Table of Contents, an Abstract (summary of work done and no more than 1 page in length), an Introduction outlining the theoretical background related to the work actually carried out, a Materials and Methods section, a Results section and a Discussion of the results obtained in relation to the general background of the study. The Discussion is an opportunity for the student to critically assess the significance and limitations of their results and to suggest future work to expand knowledge in their field. Students should expect significant help from their supervisor in all aspects of scientific research including experimental design, interpretation of results, literature assessment, scientific writing, and career advice. However, the final draft of the thesis should be the student's own work, for which the student takes responsibility.
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Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment for grading Hurdle Learning Outcome Oral presentation (final seminar) Formative and Summative
No 1-7, 9-10 Oral defence (viva) Formative and Summative 15% No 1-6, 8-10 Thesis (written) Formative and Summative 60% No 1-6, 8-10 Thesis (laboratory performance) Formative and Summative 15% No 1,2, 5-8
Assessment DetailOral Presentations: First seminar
This presentation should consist of approximately 75% literature review and research topic background, together with 25% aims and justification of the project. The aim of this presentation is to assist the student to plan and focus the research project, allow members of staff an opportunity to provide guidance or assistance, and give the students an opportunity to gain practice at oral presentation. This assessment task is formative and will not be assessed.
Final seminar (10%): Each student will present a seminar (20 minutes + 5 minutes questions) that describes the results of their research, conclusions and implications. An additional aim is to highlight and
inform other students and staff of the breadth and success of work carried out in the year.
Oral Defence (Viva) (15%):
The viva assessment panel will consist of three members of academic staff. Each member of the panel will have read all of the theses. Each student will be assigned a member of the panel as a spokesperson. Thesis examiners are invited to submit questions to be asked by the panel. Each student is interviewed by the panel for 20 minutes and questioned about aspects of the thesis and general understanding of scientific issues relevant to the research project. Students are also given the opportunity to draw to the
examiners’ attention any particular issues or problems associated with their work.
Assessment of the Project:
The Thesis (60%) and Laboratory Performance 15%).
The thesis will be assessed by three individuals; usually the supervisor together with two others familiar with the general area of the project. The three assessments will contribute a total of 60% of the final mark.
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.
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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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