University of Technology Sydney

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).

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 & immunity

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Analyse: Explain the basic applications of scientific disciplinary knowledge within context (1.2)
  • Analyse: Develop critical thinking skills including critiquing, interpreting and questioning scientific evidence (2.2)
  • Analyse: Use an appropriate range of techniques and mathematical and statistical approaches to investigate data and test hypotheses (3.2)
  • Analyse: Source and reflect on multiple sources of information to develop innovative solutions to real world problems (4.2)
  • Apply: Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills with peer and professional colleagues (5.1)
  • Analyse: Identify and practice appropriate communication approaches using a variety of methods and media (5.2)

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
An understanding of the nature, practice & application of the chosen science discipline,

2. Research, Inquiry and Critical thinking
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, ethical and social responsibility
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. Reflection, Innovation, Creativity
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. Communication
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

This subject is a project-based subject, therefore the learning will be experiential and hands-on within a research
laboratory setting, with guidance provided by the project supervisor and their research team. Students will be actively
involved in the planning of their project from the beginning of the teaching session and working collaboratively with the
project supervisor and their research team. Students will develop skills as a professional research scientist which
includes working collaboratively with other scientists towards research goals.
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 6
hours a week in the laboratory working on their projects in order to obtain sufficient data to write up their scientific
manuscript.
Students will receive regular formative feedback on their understanding of the project and their practical skills from
their supervisor and research team in the laboratory. Students have the opportunity to seek feedback from their project
supervisor on different aspects of the research project and prior to submitting the assessment tasks. Detailed feedback
will also be given on all assessment tasks via REVIEW.

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

2. Research, Inquiry and Critical thinking

3. Professional, ethical and social responsibility

4. Reflection, Innovation, Creativity

5. Communication

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):

1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 4.2, 5.1 and 5.2

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 from their research project
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a scientific literate audience
  • Ability to self-reflect on their work

Assessment task 2: Assessment Task 2 Seminar Presentation

Intent:

This assessment task addresses the following graduate attributes:

1. Disciplinary knowledge

2. Research, Inquiry and Critical thinking

3. Professional, ethical and social responsibility

5. Communication

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 6

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

1.2, 2.2, 3.2 and 5.2

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.

Criteria:

Students will be assessed on:

  • The delivery, scientific content, interpretation of results, and responses to questions from the audience
  • Ability of effectively communicate orally to a scientific literate public
  • Engagement with the audience through the answering of questions

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

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Other resources

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