ANIML SC 4070ARW - Honours Animal Sc Project (Two-Year) Continuing
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code ANIML SC 4070ARW Course Honours Animal Sc Project (Two-Year) Continuing Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Contact By supervision Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Incompatible ANIML SC 4004ARW/BRW, ANIML SC 4006ARW/BRW, ANIML SC 4030ARW/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 Rebecca Forder
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the completion of the course students should be able to:
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 forthe 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
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
- 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)
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
- 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
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
- 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
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
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.
WorkloadA student enrolled in this course should expect to spend up to 1384 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 Summary1. Students complete an independent research project of their choice, and the associated assessment tasks.
2. 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
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Final Seminar Summative May 10% 1-7 Thesis Paper Summative May 70% 1-7 Poster Presentation Summative June 6% 1-7 Supervisor Mark Summative June 14% 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.
Final Seminar (10%)
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 (70%)
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 (6%)
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 (14%)
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.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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