ANIML SC 4050BRW - Advanced Animal Science Pt 2 (Hons)

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

Students completing this course choose to either complete all requirements of a Level III course of their choice, with the approval of the Honours co-ordinator and the course co-ordinator; or to evaluate a current problem in Animal Science, unrelated to their Honours research project, and to present this in the form of a written literature analysis and research proposal and seminar presentation. This course aims to develop knowledge and skills in a particular discipline area, and to develop the skills required for the practice of independent scientific research.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 4050BRW
    Course Advanced Animal Science Pt 2 (Hons)
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Mixed Mode - flexible and/or intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible ANIML SC 4004ARW/BRW, ANIML SC 4010ARW/BRW
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program
    Course Description Students completing this course choose to either complete all requirements of a Level III course of their choice, with the approval of the Honours co-ordinator and the course co-ordinator; or to evaluate a current problem in Animal Science, unrelated to their Honours research project, and to present this in the form of a written literature analysis and research proposal and seminar presentation. This course aims to develop knowledge and skills in a particular discipline area, and to develop the skills required for the practice of independent scientific research.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Forder

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of the course students should be able to:
    1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of principles and concepts in a particular discipline
    area of research, related to Animal or Veterinary Sciences
    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 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)
    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)
    1,2,3,4
    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
    1,2,3,4
    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
    5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4
    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
    1,2,3,4
    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
    1,2,3,4,5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Learning and teaching modes will vary depending on which module the students choose. For those students choosing to complete coursework the Learning and Teaching modes will be specific to the chosen course. For students choosing the literature review and research proposal of an Animal Science topic, there are no structured activities. Students work independently to complete this activity. They are assigned an academic mentor, who supervises the process and provides assistance and feedback as required.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload will depend on the module chosen by the student. Workload for coursework will be dependent on the chosen course. A student enrolled in this course should expect to spend, on average 312 hours on work related to this subject.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The Learning Activities will depend on the module chosen by the student. The Learning Activities for coursework will be dependent on the chosen course. For students choosing the literature review / research proposal of an Animal Science topic there are no structured activities. Students work independently to complete this activity.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Written Literature Review / Research proposal
    (unrelated topic)
    Summative July or December (mid-year intake) 40% 1-5
    Seminar (unrelated topic) Summativew August or December (mid-year intake) 10% 1-5
    Proposal seminar Formative March or September (mid-year intake) 0% 1-5
    Literature Analysis and Research Proposal Siummative April or October (mid-year intake) 50% 1-5
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment will be dependent on the module chosen. Literature Analysis and Research Proposal (50%) 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. Level III course of their choice OR Written Literature Review and Research Proposal on an unrelated topic (50%) For those students choosing to complete an undergraduate subject, assessment will be dependent on the chosen course. For the alternative activity, students choose a topic, in consultation with the Honours coordinator, their Honours supervisor and an academic mentor. Students then complete an analysis of the literature related to the topic, identify 1-2 original research questions, and formulate hypotheses and experimental aims to address these questions. Students present this as a written literature review and research proposal (40% of the grade (60% literature review, 40% research proposal), maximum 5500 words) and in a seminar presentation (10% of the grade, 20 minute presentation, 10 minute questions). The written document is assessed by a panel of academics and the seminar is assessed by all attending academics.
    Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply.  A mark of zero will be allocatedto late submitted assessment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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