ANIML SC 4070BRW - Honours Animal Sc Project (Two-Year) Final

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 4070BRW
    Course Honours Animal Sc Project (Two-Year) Final
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 18
    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 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 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

    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students 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 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 Summary
    1. 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

    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 Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Final Seminar Summative October 10% No 1-7
    Thesis Paper Summative October 70% No 1-7
    Poster Presentation Summative November 6% No 1-7
    Supervisor Mark Summative November 14% No 1-6
    Assessment Detail
    All 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.
    If 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.
    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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