Biology Honours 421

Description

This course involves the direct application of research skills and competencies introduced in BIOL4120. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is the students principal honours research supervisor. It concentrates on the data collection and analysis portion of the research process. By the start of this course, students will have completed a major literature review, identified a suitable research question and developed a robust research design. The course explores and implements appropriate data collection techniques and develops advanced skills in data analysis. The course develops chapter drafts for the students final honours research thesis.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Be competent in the selection and use of various methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection used in biological studies;

2. Have developed the capacity to identify and implement appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection to be used in their individual research projects;

3. Have an appreciation of the practical issues linking research methodologies and theoretical research and analysis in biological studies; and

4. Have knowledge of appropriate research ethics principles and procedures and capacity to obtain appropriate approval for a research project.

Content

Students undertake activities involving:

  • Discussion and guidance on uses of appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection used in biological sciences.
  • Guidance on use of analytical thinking for data analysis and conclusion drawing.
  • Guidance on drafting reports summarizing preliminary findings or progress.
  • Guidance on presenting preliminary findings orally before peers and academic staff.
  • The application of appropriate research ethics principles and OH&S issues.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours) and the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) programs.

Assumed Knowledge

BIOL4110 and BIOL4120

Assessment Items

Thesis: Written Research Thesis

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact Hours

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term