OPHTHAL 4400A - Honours Ophthalmology Research Project Part 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code OPHTHAL 4400A Course Honours Ophthalmology Research Project Part 1 Coordinating Unit Surgical Specialties Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact 35 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Corequisites HLTH SC 4201OL and HLTH SC 4200 Restrictions For BHlthMedSc(Hons) students only Course Description In this course, students will develop a research question that they will address by designing a research project. They will then collect and analyse data for their project, and report the outcomes in both oral and written forms. Throughout the course, they will apply the skills developed during the Honours Medicine Research Skills course, which runs in parallel with their research project
Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Zalewski
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Student activities on research projects will be planned in conjunction with research supervisors
Course Learning Outcomes1. Execute a well-defined research project, under the guidance of a project supervisor.
2. Critically interpret the background literature relevant to the research project.
3. Demonstrate mastery of the techniques required for the experimental study of a research question, including collection, storage, and evaluation of data which is rigorous and methodological in accordance with the Australian Code for Responsible Practice of Research.
4. Identify and evaluate methodological or technical issues in a research project and define the important elements required to solve them.
5. Communicate the elements of the research project clearly and concisely in spoken and 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)
1,2,3 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
2,4 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
4,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,3 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
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
Required ResourcesNo single textbook covers the material to be considered during this course. All students are required to locate and evaluate the literature that is relevant to their project. This will primarily consist of peer-reviewed literature journal articles relevant to the area of the research project.
Online LearningDesign of the research project and interpretation of the data will involve extensive use of web-based literature searches
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 31 hours/week (full-time students; 15.5 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 SummaryThis 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 and project discussion with the supervisor. Honours students will discover new knowledge during the course of their projects.
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Assessment Task Assessment
Weighting Hurdle Course Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Research proposal seminar Formative* Nil No 2, 5 Conference poster presentation Summative 10% No 1,2, 5 Thesis Summative 60% No 1 - 5 Thesis oral defence Summative 20% No 1 - 5 Supervisor evaluation Summative 10% No 1
Assessment Related RequirementsNo additional requirements.
Assessment DetailResearch Proposal Seminar: A 10 min Powerpoint presentation of research question and proposed approach.
Conference Poster Presentation: Production of a research poster to be presented at the Florey Undergraduate Research Conference including a 3 minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions from poster judges.
Thesis: Report of research outcomes in the style of a journal manuscript.
Thesis Oral Defence: 15 minute Powerpoint presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions from assessors.
Supervisor Evaluation: The student’s principle supervisor provides a mark based on the performance of the student over the life of the project.
SubmissionSubmission of all written assignments will be via MyUni.
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NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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