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60201 Advanced Research Project 1

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UTS: Science
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

Description

Scientific research brings together the scientific method, knowledge, observations, and sound data in order to answer specific questions. This can lead to a deeper understanding of the research question or the development of novel solutions to problems. The subject is designed to enhance students' ability to develop and subsequently undertake a research project as part of a larger research endeavour within the ithree Institute or the School of Life Sciences. The project can only be conducted following prior negotiation on the part of the student with a member of ithree institute or School of Life Sciences regarding supervision and selection of a suitable research topic within the broad field of infection and immunity.

This subject is the third of four advanced research projects within the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Infection and Immunity) (C10347). Students contribute to the formulation of the project, in close collaboration with their academic supervisor, including the planning of the work to be achieved within the appropriate timeframe. Students are required to spend at least six hours a week in the laboratory working on their projects in order to obtain sufficient data to write up their scientific manuscript. Students also have the opportunity to choose a research project that could potentially be extended into 60202 Advanced Research Project 2 with the same academic supervisor, or may choose session-long projects with different supervisors.

At the conclusion of this subject, the student is responsible for appropriate analysis and critical evaluation of the data or information obtained and presentation of their findings in a formal report, written in the style of a scientific manuscript. If a project that extends into 60202 Advanced Research Project 2 is proposed, a manuscript-style report is still required at the conclusion of this subject. Students also give a three-minute research presentation of their work, in the style of a three-minute thesis presentation.

These projects are student driven, and as such students should approach potential supervisors in the first instance. Before enrolment can be approved, the student and supervisor must provide the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Infection and Immunity) Program Director with a short written project proposal, including assessment criteria and, if appropriate, a completed project proposal, risk assessment form and relevant biosafety approval (if required).

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The Faculty of Science has determined that our courses will aim to develop the following attributes in students at the completion of their course of study. Each subject will contribute to the development of these attributes in ways appropriate to the subject and the stage of progression, thus not all attributes are expected to be addressed in all subjects.

1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application
An understanding of the nature, practice & application of the chosen science discipline,

2. An Inquiry-oriented approach
An understanding of the scientific method of knowledge acquisition. Encompasses problem solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes, and the ability to discover new understandings.

3. Professional skills and their appropriate application
The ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills, in appropriate and ethical ways within a professional context, autonomously and collaboratively and across a range of disciplinary and professional areas.
e.g. Time management skills, personal organisation skills, teamwork skills, computing skills, laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative and graphical literacy skills.

4. Ability and motivation for continued intellectual development
The capacity to engage in reflection and learning beyond formal educational contexts, that is based on the ability to make effective judgments about one’s own work. The capacity to learn in, and from, new disciplines to enhance the application of scientific knowledge and skills in professional contexts.

5. Engagement with the needs of Society
An awareness of the role of science within a global culture and willingness to contribute actively to the shaping of community views on complex issues where the methods and findings of science are relevant.

6. Communication skills
An understanding of the different forms of communication - writing, reading, speaking, listening - including visual and graphical, within science and beyond and the ability to apply these appropriately and effectively for different audiences.

7. Initiative and innovative ability
An ability to think and work creatively, including the capacity for self-starting, and the ability to apply science skills to unfamiliar applications.

This subject has the potential link to all UTS graduate attributes but since each research project will be different, the specific tasks and roles of each student will be different and as such the depth of linkage to any attribute will differ. However the expectation is that all students will gain considerable knowledge of the appropriate application of professional skills (GA 3) and disciplinary knowledge (GA 1) and further develop their ability to be a life long learner (GA 4), communication skills (GA 6) and inquiry oriented approaches (GA 2).

Teaching and learning strategies

Learning will be experiential with teaching and guidance provided by the academic and external supervisor and work colleagues.

Content (topics)

Learning will be experiential with teaching and guidance provided by the academic and their research team. As each project will be different, specific details as to what a student will learn cannot be specified. However students will learn in three broad areas from undertaking this subject. These are scientific skills and knowledge in the area of their chosen discipline; skills and knowledge in generic skills associated with successful management of a professional project; and the skills of reflection, self-assessment and the ability to learn independently.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Assessment Task 1 Scientific Report

Intent:

This assessment task addresses the following graduate attributes:

1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

2. An enquiry-oriented approach

3. Professional skills and their appropriate application

4. Ability and motivation for continued intellectual development

6. Communication skills

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

.0, .0, .0, .0 and .0

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 70%
Length:

The report should be no more than 2500 words in length and referenced appropriately.

Assessment task 2: Assessment Task 2 Seminar Presentation

Intent:

This assessment task addresses the following graduate attributes:

1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

2. An enquiry-oriented approach

3. Professional skills and their appropriate application

6. Communication skills

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

3, 4 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

.0, .0, .0 and .0

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Length:

The presentation is to be no more than 3 minutes in length, with 1 minute for questions to follow. The presentation should be 1 slide only.

Minimum requirements

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

In order to pass this subject students must complete the activities specified in the learning contract to the satisfaction of the supervisor(s).

Recommended texts

None

Other resources

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