University of Technology Sydney

91104 Honours FT (Medical and Molecular Bioscience) 2

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UTS: Science: Life Sciences
Credit points: 24 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This honours subject offers an exciting opportunity for advanced training in research. It is designed to enhance skills and knowledge, and equip students for research in life and environmental sciences. The principal activity is a research project conducted over two consecutive 24-credit-point sessions (Autumn and Spring). In close collaboration with an academic supervisor, each student plans and undertakes research in an area of interest. Students learn to define hypotheses, objectives and aims; work to available time and resources; use appropriate research methods; critically assess information; and develop complex arguments in detail. With guidance from their supervisor, students are required to analyse and interpret the scientific data generated during the research project. Students develop their science communication skills by presenting their work in written and oral form. The research project and outcomes are presented in a thesis, which comprises the main assessment component.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Proposal Seminar

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

3. Professional skills and their appropriate application

6. Communication skills

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 5%
Length:

A 10 minute presentation, plus 5 minutes for discussion and questions from the audience.

Criteria:

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Clearly and concisely present the background to their research, their aims and any hypotheses
  • Present their project design, methods and project plan
  • Prepare understandable and appropriate visual content that supports the presentation
  • Verbally communicate their research to their audience
  • Accurately and knowledgeably answer questions from the audience

Details of the assessment criteria are available in the Honours Program Manual and available on UTSOnline.

Assessment task 2: Project Proposal

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

2. An enquiry-oriented approach

4. An ability to be a lifelong learner

6. Communication skills

Type: Literature review
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%
Length:

The Project Proposal is to be 2,000 words maximum. This word count includes all text (after the title page), excluding tables, figures and their legends and reference list. A signed word count must be included on the title page.

Criteria:

This first written assessment is designed to provide students the opportunity to receive formative feedback on their writing style from their supervisory panel and assessors, and refine their academic literacy skills prior to thesis preparation and submission. The prject proposal will layer form the basis for the first chapter of the thesis.

Students will be assessed on theirr ability to:

  • Discuss the issues relevant to their area of research by drawing upon multiple and current sources
  • Produce a focused and concise written review on their research topic, highlighting their understanding of the of the research conext of their work
  • Outline their aims, hypotheses, methodology and provide a brief project plan
  • Perform a critique of the literature and explain how their project may address gaps or limitations in published research
  • Produce a logically structured document with appropriate language, figures, layout and referencing

Details of the assessment criteria are available in the Honours Program Manual and available on UTSOnline.

Assessment task 3: Thesis

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

1. Discipline knowledge and its appropriate application

2. An enquiry-oriented approach

5. Engagement with the needs of society

6. Communication skills

7. Initiative and innovative ability

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

The thesis must be no more than 15,000 words in length, starting from the first page of Chapter 1 and including appendices (but excluding tables, figures and references). A signed word count must be included on the first page of the thesis.

Criteria:

Students will be assessed on your ability to:

  • Critically evaluate the relevant literature and develop clear aims and hypotheses as required
  • Describe their experimental design and present methods in a clear, discipline-appropriate format
  • Clearly present and explain their experimental results
  • Apply appropriate data analysis or treatment methods as required by their project
  • Form appropriate scientific conclusions from data obtained by their research
  • Produce a well-written and logically structured thesis with appropriate language, figures, layout and referencing.

Details of the assessment criteria are available in the Honours Program Manual and available on UTSOnline.

Assessment task 4: Final Seminar

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

3. Professional skills and their appropriate application

6. Communication skills

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%
Length:

This seminar presentation is 15 minutes in length followed by 5 minutes for questions from the audience.

Criteria:

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Clearly and concisely present the background to their research, aims and any hypotheses, methods, findings and relevant literature
  • Prepare understandable and appropriate visual content that supports the presentation
  • Verbally communicate their research and findings to their audience
  • Accurately and knowledgeably answer questions from the audience.

Details of the assessment criteria are available in the Honours Program Manual and available on UTSOnline.