PAEDIAT 4210B - Honours Paediatrics Research Project T/Y Final
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PAEDIAT 4210B Course Honours Paediatrics Research Project T/Y Final Coordinating Unit Paeds & Repro Hlth Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 21 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PAEDIAT 4210A Restrictions Only available to students in Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) or Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) Course Description This course is designed for students to develop specific knowledge and skills in a chosen research field as well as general skills in working independently, critical reasoning, scientific writing and presentation. Students undertake a research project. The overall objective of the program is for students to demonstrate a deep understanding and interpretation of their subject area and the ability to clearly and thoroughly present their project.
Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Gatford
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Conceive, develop and execute an experiment or series of experiments to answer a novel research question, under the guidance
of a research supervisor.
2. Conduct research using basic research techniques and the scientific method appropriately.
3. Collect, store, and maintain experimental data and research records rigorously and methodically in accordance with the Australian Code for Responsible Practice of Research.
4. Identify and evaluate methodological issues and define the important elements required to solve them.
5. Critically interpret and evaluate the background literature, the methodology used and the results obtained in a research context.
6. Communicate scientific information including research context, approach, findings and significance clearly and concisely in written and spoken English.
7. Work effectively in groups and individually in a research setting.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 4, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1, 6, 7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 7 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 2, 3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
Required ResourcesNo specific resources are required. Students will locate and read peer-reviewed material relevant to their project.
Online LearningCourse material and assessment submisison will be provided on-line via MyUni/Canvas.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents will work within research groups to develop, conduct and evaluate individual research projects, and to prepare written and oral presentations, which will be presented to peers and assessors. Research activities will initially be carried out with direct supervision of the supervisor and/or other research laboratory members but is expected to progress to performing independent work under broad or no direct supervision.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students are expected to spend an average of 42 hours/week (full-time students; 21 hours/week expected from part-time students) planning, conducting and evaluating their research projects, in addition to time preparing written proposal, seminars and thesis. Students are expected to plan and manage timetabling of their projects, in consultation with research group members and supervisors.
Learning Activities Summary
This course is designed for students to develop specific knowledge and skills in a chosen research field as well as general skills in working independently, critical reasoning, scientific writing and presentation. Students undertake a research project. The overall objective of the program is for students to demonstrate a deep understanding and interpretation of their subject area and the ability to clearly and thoroughly present their project.
Specific Course RequirementsEnrolment of students from the MBBS program requires prior approval from the MBBS curriculum committee.
Out-of-hours work, police check, vaccinations or field work may be required for specific research projects.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe course is a small group discovery experience. Students will work individually on research projects, supervised by research leaders to undertake research training and research projects, within the larger context of a research group. Conducting an Honours Research project under guidance of a research group leader involves at least weekly contact with project discussion with the supervisor. Honours students will discover new knowledge during the course of their projects.
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 Assessment Type Weighting Hurdle Learning objective(s) being addressed
Written research proposal
Formative 0% No
Research proposal seminar
Formative 0% No
Critical Literature Review
Summative/Formative 20% No
Research progress seminar
Summative/Formative 5% No
Summative 55% No
Final seminar Summative 20% No
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailFour summative assessment tasks are designed to evaluate and provide feedback on students’ acquired skills relating to research aptitude and knowledge of their field, as well as written and verbal presentation style.
1. Critical Literature Review (written 3000 words plus Research proposal, 20%).
Students discuss and critically appraise the 10-15 papers most salient to their project.
2. Research Progress Seminar (5%)
Oral presentation of 15 mins followed by 5 mins of questions.
3. Thesis (5000 words, 55%)
Manuscript style presentation of research project results. Emphasis of assessment for this component will focus on demonstrated aptitude for problem solving, technical skills and accomplishments. Journal styles should be nominated by each student in consultation with the supervisor.
4. Final Seminar (20 minute oral presentation followed by 10 mins of questions 20%)
Oral presentation and "Defence" of the year's experimental project.
Feedback and marks will be returned to students within 3 weeks of submission of each task or seminar, in order to provide formative
feedback throughout the year.
SubmissionWritten assessment tasks (thesis and critical literature review) should be submitted
via Email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on the due date, as a .doc,
.docx or PDF file. When assignments are submitted they will automatically be
checked for plagiarism through the TurnItIn database on MyUni, which also
includes copies of previously submitted work.
Slides for seminars should be submitted to the SPRH Learning and Teaching Email above
by 5pm on day prior to the scheduled seminar. Students are reminded to also
bring a copy of their seminar to their session on USB, and should be present at
least 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time to check slides.
Extensions to submission dates may be granted for medical/personal reasons at the
discretion of the course coordinator. Assignments will not be able to be
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