GENETICS 4030A - Honours Genetics Project (Two-Year) Continuing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GENETICS 4030A Course Honours Genetics Project (Two-Year) Continuing Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact By supervision Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible GENETICS 4000A/B Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description This course is part of the Honours in Genetics degree structure, and the aim is to introduce the student to all aspects of research, including design, experimentation, interpretation and communication of results in both oral and written format. This course comprises a substantial supervised research project selected by the student on a topic acceptable to the Discipline of Genetics. Assessment includes two formative assessments, a seminar and a dossier outlining research progress, and three summative assessments, a literature review, a research seminar, and a thesis and interview.
Course Coordinator: Professor Robert Richards
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Develop an hypothesis based on reading of the scientific literature in a field of research as evidenced by writing a literature review and research proposal
2. Design a series of experiments that will test the hypothesis, as evidenced in the dossier discussion
3. Undertake experiments and document these experiments and their outcomes as evidenced in a laboratory notebook
4. Interpret experiments as indicated in dossier, thesis and interviews
5. Communicate results in both oral and written format
6. Integrate results into the broader discipline
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. 1 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3,5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Activity 1: Choice of topic, including identifying area and potential supervisor
Activity 2: Preparation of a written literature review and research proposal
Activity 3: Undertake research in close consultation with supervisor, other laboratory members, and members of the School – this is the major daily activity from March until September.
Activity 4: Presenting a seminar – formative feedback from all staff
Activity 5: Preparation of a research dossier, and interview with three person panel – formative feedback from panel.
Activity 6: Preparation of a thesis, and interview with three person panel – summative
Activity 7: Presenting a research seminar – summative
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, on average, at least 36 hours per week on this 18 unit course. This is primarily conducting experimental research, including wet-lab experiments and / or in silico analyses. Conducting experimental work includes the design of experiments, the conduct of experiments, the interpretation of experiments, and the communication of results.
Learning Activities Summary1. The Literature Review - 5% (Word limit 3000)
2. The First Research Seminar - (formative assessment - 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion)
3. Research Dossier and Interview – (formative assessment ; length varies between projects; Interview 40 minutes)
4. Research Project Thesis and Interview – 80% (Thesis - 70 pages, including diagrams but not including Bibliography and Appendices; Interview 40 minutes)
5. Research Seminar – 15% (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions)
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Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading
Outcomes being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment for both
Semester 1 and 2
Literature Review Formative and Summative 5% No 1, 2, 5, 6 Week 6 First Research Seminar Formative No 1, 5 Week 7 Research dossier and Interview Formative No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Weeks 16 & 17 Research Project: Thesis and Interview; Laboratory
Summative 80% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Weeks 40 & 41 Research Seminar Summative 15% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Week 41
Assessment DetailEach student will have a panel of assessors, including their primary supervisor, and two members of academic, affiliate or research staff of the Discipline. This panel will assess all written submissions and interviews. Each panel member provides a mark, and the marks are averaged to give the final assessment.
1. The Literature Review, weighted at 5%, comprises a critical review of the literature relevant to the research project (~ 2500 words) and a brief research proposal (~500 words), assessed by the panel.
2. The Research Project Dossier is a formative assessment of a written dossier containing a summary, with evidence, of the research completed by the student by week 16, followed by an interview with the assessment panel.
3. The Research Project Thesis and Interview is weighted at 80%. The thesis includes a literature review, details of materials and methods, result chapters outlining the research completed by the student, and a discussion chapter integrating the findings. The panel will assess the originality of ideas and experimental approaches used, the clarity of presentation, the quality and thoroughness of the experimental work, its analysis and interpretation, the way the student has dealt with technical difficulties, and the student’s overall understanding of the field.
The Seminars are assessed by all available Genetics staff and affiliates whose marks are averaged to give the final assessment.
4. The First Research Seminar is a formative assessment comprising a 15 minute presentation plus 10 minutes of questions. The seminar should contain sufficient background information, but the emphasis should be on the project itself and include the aims and the experimental approaches that are planned.
5. The Second Research Seminar, comprising a 20 minute presentation plus 10 minutes of questions, is weighted at 15%. This Seminar should focus on the research results and their interpretation.
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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NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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