Marine Science Honours 411

Description

This course builds knowledge and understanding about research in the discipline of marine science. The course aims at enhancing skills and capacities in reading and reviewing literature, critical reasoning and argument, and verbal communication. Students will enhance their skills through discussions of theoretical and applied directions in marine science studies; student-based presentations of key issues; and training in computing skills, on-line bibliographic searches, risk assessment and oral presentation techniques.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Advanced comprehension of contemporary issues in marine science.

2. Advanced understanding of the theory and practice of research in the discipline of marine science.

3. Knowledge of research ethics and safety principles and procedures associated with marine science research and a capacity to obtain the appropriate approvals for a research project.

4. Advanced understanding of the use of the scientific method to examine problems.

5. Application of skills and methods needed to critically analyse scientific literature and communicate scientific issues in verbal form.

Content

1) Critical analysis of literature within the field of marine science including:

  • training in the use of bibliographic sources and computer search methods.
  • identifying and summarising key points in literature, clearly and concisely.
  • critically appraising scientific methods and arguments.
  • formulating evidence-based arguments and communicating them.


2)  Oral communication within the field of marine science including: training in the use of computer aids for oral presentations

  • training in the use of computer aids for oral presentations
  • techniques for effective oral communication.


3)  Ethical and safety considerations within marine science research including:

  • training in the use of hazard information databases
  • identifying hazards and measures to prevent, reduce or control risks

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Assumed Knowledge

A major in the appropriate discipline with a minimum credit grade average.

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Online WHS induction and Project Risk Assessment Report

Literature Review: Literature Review Outline & Initial Research Plan (Oral & Written)

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Individual Supervision: 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

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term

Individual supervision - contact hours by arrangement with supervisor.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Individual supervision - contact hours by arrangement with supervisor.