Biology Honours 4210

Course code BIOL4210Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

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.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will:

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.
ContentStudents 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.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBIOL4110 and BIOL4120
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Seminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Presentations - IndividualOral presentation and discussion
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Requisite by EnrolmentThis 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.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOL4210