ANIML SC 4020ARW - Honours Animal Science Project Pt 1
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ANIML SC 4020ARW Course Honours Animal Science Project Pt 1 Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Contact By supervision Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible ANIML SC 4004ARW/BRW Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description Students completing this course carry out a research project under the supervision of a member or members of staff. The overall aims of the course are to develop knowledge and skills in a particular area of research, and skills required for the practice of independent scientific research. The Honours year commences in February or July and the research project is chosen through consultation with the Honours coordinator prior to the commencement of the Honours year.
Course Coordinator: Dr Karen Kind
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of principles and concepts in a particular area of research, related to Animal or Veterinary Science 2 demonstrate an ability to recognise current gaps in our understanding and future areas for experimental investigation in a particular area of research, related to Animal or Veterinary Science 3 identify and evaluate a problem and define the important elements required for its solution 4 identify and critically evaluate appropriate and relevant information sources 5 use and apply scientific principles and techniques required for the experimental study of a research question 6 demonstrate a rigorous and methodical approach to the maintenance of laboratory records and the collection, storage and analysis of experimental data 7 communicate scientific information clearly and effectively both in writing and orally
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. 1-4 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. 1-5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6,7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,5,6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2,3,6
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents complete an independent research project of their choice under the supervision of an academic supervisor. This provides active learning opportunities in the ability to use and apply scientific principles and techniques. The associated assessment tasks further develop the student’s knowledge in a particular discipline area, and their ability to identify and assess problems and knowledge gaps in the area. Interactive tutorial programs build students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of critical evaluation, data management and analysis and oral and written communication.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in this course should expect to spend up to 1540 hours across 40-42 weeks of the year on the studies required to complete their independent research project and the associated assessment tasks.
Learning Activities Summary
- Student complete an independent research project of their choice, and the associated assessment tasks.
- Students will attend tutorials on topics designed to develop their research skills
- Project development and management
- Critical analysis and literature review
- Oral presentation skills
- Data management and analysis
- Writing a scientific paper
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.
Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Learning Outcome Proposal seminar Formative No 1,2,3,4,7 Literature Analysis and Research Proposal Summative 14% No 1,2,3,4,7 Final seminar Summative 8.5% No 1-7 Thesis Paper Summative 60% No 1-7 Poster Presentation Summative 5.5% No 1-7 Supervisor Mark Summative 12% No 1-6
Assessment DetailAll written assessment tasks are assessed by three examiners, and marks are averaged to provide the final grade. Where possible two examiners with expertise in an area related to the students research project are chosen from within or external to the University and the third examiner is a member of the School's Honours panel.
Literature Analysis and Research Proposal (14%) Students will submit a written analysis of the Literature that forms the background to their project (max 4,000 words) and a Research proposal that outlines and justifies the project to be conducted (max 1,500 words). This task is submitted in April (February intake) or October (mid-year intake) ~10 weeks after the start of the course.
Final Seminar (8.5%) Each student will present a seminar describing the results of their research project. Students are assessed on content and structure of the seminar, understanding of the research area, and their oral presentation. The seminar is scheduled for late September (February intake) or early May (mid-year intake). Seminars are assessed by all attending academics.
Thesis – Final Paper (60%) Each student will prepare a thesis paper, reporting, discussing and critically evaluating the results of their project in the form of a manuscript for a scientific journal (max 5,000 words). The Thesis paper is due at the end of October (February intake) or May (mid-year intake). Students receive written feedback on their thesis; the thesis grade is not released.
Poster presentation (5.5%) Each student will prepare a research poster to report the results of their research project. Posters will be displayed during a poster session during which students will provide a short oral description of their poster, and answer questions. The poster session is held in November or June (mid-year intake). A panel of examiners assess the poster.
Supervisor’s assessment (12%)The student’s supervisor will provide an assessment of performance in the laboratory/field and research components of the research project. The supervisor completes a formative feedback form mid-year, which is returned to the student. The supervisor’s final assessment is completed after the student has completed all of the assessment tasks
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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.
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