PHYSIOL 4410A - Honours Physiology Research Project PT CN

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course forms the main basis of an honours project conducted in the Adelaide Medical School. Students will be expected to engage in a novel, independent research project under the guidance of a school supervisor. To complete the course, students will be required to prepare and deliver a project proposal and resource pro-forma, a poster and oral presentation, plus a thesis followed shortly by a thesis defence. This course provides an advanced insight into scientific research.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHYSIOL 4410A
    Course Honours Physiology Research Project PT CN
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Corequisites HLTH SC 4202
    Restrictions For BHlthMedSc(Hons) students only
    Course Description This course forms the main basis of an honours project conducted in the Adelaide Medical School. Students will be expected to engage in a novel, independent research project under the guidance of a school supervisor. To complete the course, students will be required to prepare and deliver a project proposal and resource pro-forma, a poster and oral presentation, plus a thesis followed shortly by a thesis defence. This course provides an advanced insight into scientific research.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Janet Coller

    Course coordinators: Dr Joanne Bowen and Dr Janet Coller
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. To demonstrate an original and critical approach in the assimilation of the current state of knowledge in a particular discipline of research.
    2. To appreciate current gaps in our understanding and the future areas for experimental investigation in a particular discipline of research. 3. To demonstrate mastery of the basic techniques required for the experimental study of a research question.
    4. To develop a rigorous, methodological and ethical approach to the maintenance of laboratory records and the collection, storage and analysis of experimental data.
    5. To develop the capacity to identify and evaluate a problem and define the important elements required for its solution.
    6. To communicate scientific information clearly and concisely in written and spoken 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)
    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 Resources
    Required Resources
    School-based research support, Honours workshops and seminars.
    Online Learning
    Copies of workshop material will be available on MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Honours is a 40-week program encompassing an independent research project supervised by a school academic or affiliate. In addition, students will be encouraged to attend weekly workshops and seminars to enhance their learning and development in the medical science research.

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

    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
  • 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 Assessment type Weighting Hurdle Learning course objective(s) being addressed
    Project proposal & resources pro-forma Formative 0% No 1, 2
    Poster & oral presentation Summative 13% No 1 - 6
    Thesis Summative 53% Yes 1 - 6
    Thesis defence Summative 27% No 1, 2, 5, 6
    Supervisor assessment Summative 7% No 1 - 6

    Assessment Detail
    Project proposal & Resources Pro-forma: A 1 page project proposal incorporating a brief summary of the proposed work, including aims, hypotheses and outcomes, and resources pro-forma documenting the proposed budget, sources of funding available, evidence of required ethics approvals and project timeline.

    Poster & Oral Presentation: Students are required to prepare their research work into a poster format and present the poster in 3 min followed by questions from assessors as is conducted at many national and international conferences.

    Thesis: The main assessment for the honours year is the honours thesis of 4500 words (plus 250 word abstract), demonstrating evidence of both in-depth knowledge of key literature underpinning the research project, and broader reading around the subject matter, as appropriate for the specific research topic. In addition to reviewing the appropriate literature, this document will identify the key basis for / logic underlying the experiments conducted during the year, including identification of the hypotheses and aims. The results will be presented in a combination of written, figure and table form together with appropriate statistical analysis of the data. Finally, a discussion of the results in the context of the existing literature, including an interpretation of the significance of the work should be included.

    Thesis Defence: Students are required to defend their thesis in a closed-room oral presentation of 5 minutes duration supported by 4 display slides (PPT format) and 20 minutes of subsequent questions from an assessor panel.

    Supervisor Assessment: Supervisors are required to submit a score reflecting their student’s performance throughout the honours year.
    Where applicable, all submissions should be made via MyUni unless otherwise directed. For oral presentations, prior submission will be required before the presentation date. For the thesis, two hard-bound copies are required upon assessment and following the thesis defence. The Supervisor Assessment will be submitted electronically directly from the Supervisor.

    In alignment with the Adelaide Medical School Policy of grading penalties late submission will attract a 10% deduction and a further 10% for each day late after that. This penalty will be enforced from the submission deadline (i.e. a noon deadline and a 12:01pm submission will attract a 10% penalty). Extensions of deadline are only available under specific circumstances and must be negotiated with the School & Discipline Honours coordinators well ahead of the due date.
    Course Grading

    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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