ANIML SC 3520RW - Research Methodology for Animal Sciences III
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code ANIML SC 3520RW Course Research Methodology for Animal Sciences III Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites STATS 1004 Incompatible ANIML SC 2520RW Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) students only Course Description This course is concerned with understanding and application of the scientific method in biological research, and in particular, the animal sciences. The course has a foundation in the philosophy of science. Particular emphasis is given to the application of statistical hypothesis testing, which is explored in a series of case studies. In addition, research skills in proposal preparation, project management, teamwork, presentations skills and publication writing are developed in the context of scientific research.
Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Hebart
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Develop scientific hypotheses 2 Apply the principles and practices of experimental design 3 Demonstrate the use of selected statistical methods: correlation, regression (simple linear, polynomial, multiple linear), general linear models (with interactions), analysis of categorical variables (contingency tables) 4 Perform project management in the context of planning a research project through working in small groups 5 Demonstrate effective written, oral and graphical presentation skills
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Learning & Teaching Activities
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Learning Activities SummaryTopics covered:
- Grant Writing
- Study Design
- Experimental Design
- Sample Size and Power
- Data Analysis
- Summary Statistics
- Correlation and Regression
- Chi Squared
- Social Research
- Scientific writing skills
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance at practicals and workshops is compulsory. Both workshops and practicals are compulsory as the work done in these activities forms the basis for the assignments; particularly assignments 1 (group work) and 2 (based on several practicals). Without attending the practicals, a student cannot complete assignment 2 and 3. Students are able to apply for an allowed absence from a class by submitting the application form, with appropriate supporting documentation, to the Course Coordinator.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle
Learning Outcome Due Workshop assessments Formative &
No 2, 3, 5 Weeks 3, 5, 7 Practical assessments Summative 10% No 1, 2, 3, 5 Weeks 2, 4, 7 Assignments Summative 50% No 1 - 5 Weeks 3, 8, 10 Theory Exam Summative 35% No 1, 2, 3 Exam Period
Assessment DetailWorkshop Assessments (5%): Workshop mark is based on individual contribution to each session during the semester. This may include short quizzes, of up to 30minutes duration, that the students are able to use for formative assessment to determine their current levels of understanding of concepts.
Practical Assessments (10%): three (3) assessments are to be submitted throughout the semester. These will be either written or online quizzes.
Assignments (50% total): three (3) assignments are to be submitted, worth 15% (small group research grant proposal), 10% (statistical analysis) and 25% (write a scientific paper) of the final assessment, respectively. A 5 – 10 minute oral presentation will be required as part of the first assignment.
Theory Exam (35%): The final 3hr theory exam will examine all components of the course and may consist of multiple-choice questions, short answer and long answer questions.
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:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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