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60203 Advanced Research Project 3

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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 Advanced Science (Infection and Immunity) degree. 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 time frame. 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 60203 Advanced Research Project 4 or continue a project from 60202 Advanced Research Project 2 with the same academic supervisor, or may choose semester-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 60204 Advanced Research Project 4 is proposed, a manuscript-style report is still required at the conclusion of 60203 Advanced Research Project 3. Students also give a three-minute research presentation of their work, in the style of a three-minute thesis presentation.1

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).

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Develop a project plan with your supervisor, within the field of infection and immunity
2. Establish effective channels of communication with your supervisor(s) and colleagues
3. Apply of knowledge and skills into professional scientific practice and the gain new expertise
4. Utilise appropriate methods for the analysis and communication of data obtained
5. Assess your current skills and abilities and discover how to learn through experience
6. Communicate the findings of your research through both written and oral communication, including the contribution of the research to the scientific field of infection and immunity

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of following course intended learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of the nature, practice and application of the chosen science discipline. (1.0)
  • Encompasses problem solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition. (2.0)
  • 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. (3.0)
  • The capacity to engage in reflection and learning beyond formal educational contexts that is based on the ability to make effective judgements 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. (4.0)
  • 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. (6.0)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The Faculty of Science lists seven graduate attributes that you will develop during your course at UTS. This subject has the potential link to all UTS graduate attributes, however each research project will be different.The expectation is that all students will develop the following graduate attributes within the context of their research project: .

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

2. An enquiry-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. The ability to be a lifelong learner
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.

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.

Teaching and learning strategies

Learning will be experiential with teaching and guidance provided by the academic and their research team.

Content (topics)

As each project will be different, specific details as to what you will learn cannot be specified. However, you will learn broadly in three areas from undertaking this subject. These are the development of scientific skills and knowledge in the area of your chosen discipline; aptitude 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: 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 to be a lifelong learner

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):

1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 6.0

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

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

Criteria:

Students will be assessed on the language, data analysis, figures/tables, layout, referencing, scientific content, and interpretation of results obtained in their research project. Details of the assessment criteria and a marking rubric are available on UTSOnline.

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):

1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 6.0

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.

Criteria:

Students will be assessed on their slide layout, delivery, scientific content, interpretation of results, and responses to questions from the audience. Details of the assessment criteria are available on UTSOnline.