SOIL&WAT 4050AWT - Advanced Soil Science (Hons) Pt 1
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code SOIL&WAT 4050AWT Course Advanced Soil Science (Hons) Pt 1 Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Waite Campus Contact Mixed mode - flexible and/or intensive Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible SOIL&WAT 4001AWT/BWT, SOIL&WAT4020AWT/BWT Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description This modular course covers a range of advanced topics in Soil Science, the methods of presentation and assessment of which vary according to module.
Course Coordinator: Dr Ron Smernik
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students
should be able to:
1 Analyse and critically evaluate scientific
literature in research related to chosen topics in Plant Science.
2 Synthesise knowledge and ideas into a written
3 Communicate scientific information clearly and
concisely in written English.
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 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 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
1-3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-3 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
1-3 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe Honours Advanced Course enables students to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of their chosen areas of scientific research. The first research area will be directly relevant to their Honours research project and will require the analysis of the literature and the development of a research proposal. Knowledge of the other research area will be enhanced through either coursework or specialised written essay. While these activities are largely independent, students will be given guidance/mentorship by their supervisor(s) and be provided with workshops to aid in their learning.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 6 unit, full year course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. For the Literature review and research proposal and for students undertaking the Essay assessment item, this time will encompass reading and synthesis of the relevant scientific literature and development of the research proposal. For students choosing to undertake a 3-unit course in place of the Essay, this will include formal contact time required to that course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision) as required.
Learning Activities SummaryWorkshops are provided during this course to support students towards course assessment and learning outcomes. Example workshop topics include:
- Communication skills & academic writing
- Statistics and data analysis
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 Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Literature Review and Research Proposal Formative and Summative August 50% No 1-3 Essay or Coursework Summative November 50% No 1-3
Assessment DetailEssay or Coursework
Students will either:
prepare a 4500 word essay on a topic of their choice (that is not directly related to their research project). The essay should provide evidence of critical thought and argument. Communication skills and the ability to analyse and critically evaluate knowledge and ideas will be assessed.
Undertake a Level III course (3 units), to be agreed upon by the student, supervisor and Honours Coordinator – the
course MUST be relevant to the field of research.
Literature Analysis and Research Proposal
Students will prepare: (i) a 4000 word literature analysis comprising a critical review of published work related to their project area, to ‘set the scene’ for the development of the aims or hypotheses to be addressed by their project; and (ii) a 1500 word research
proposal outlining the project to be conducted. Communication skills and the ability to analyse and critically evaluate scientific literature will be assessed.
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.
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.
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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