60203 Advanced Research Project 36cp; Forms of attendance in this subject have changed to enable social distancing and reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 in our community. There may also have been changes to the assessment requirements. Consequently, the Subject Outline information for this subject has changed. Details of the changes may be published in an Addendum to the Subject Outline which is available through your LMS (Blackboard or Canvas).
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.
This subject is the third of four advanced research projects within the Advanced Science 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 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).
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