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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour Session 2,  3 Session 2,  3

Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

Have satisfactory completed the unit Research Project I (SCI03071).

Unit aim

To allow Masters students to undertake a major individual investigation that involves the application of multidisciplinary skills, and to prepare a report with a research focus or integrated management focus.  Masters students are encouraged to submit an article to a refereed journal if they complete this unit and SCI03071. Research Project II is a double weighted unit.

Unit content

On completion of Research Project II students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills in project design, information acquisition, data interpretation and analysis.
  2. Demonstrate an enhanced knowledge and expertise in an area relevant to environmental science or management.
  3. Write a research thesis

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 frame a research question, develop aims and associated testable hypotheses
2 plan and design an experimental research project
3 critically evaluate and apply considerations needed when experimenting with live animals including applying animal ethics in research
4 select and apply appropriate statistics for analyses of specific datasets
5 organise and manage resource and time priorities and work as a team with fellow scholars
6 demonstrate the ability to interpret the results of field work/experiments with special consideration to the scientific literature

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. frame a research question, develop aims and associated testable hypotheses
    • GA1:
    • GA6:
  2. plan and design an experimental research project
    • GA1:
  3. critically evaluate and apply considerations needed when experimenting with live animals including applying animal ethics in research
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
  4. select and apply appropriate statistics for analyses of specific datasets
    • GA1:
    • GA6:
  5. organise and manage resource and time priorities and work as a team with fellow scholars
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
  6. demonstrate the ability to interpret the results of field work/experiments with special consideration to the scientific literature
    • GA1:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.