University of Technology Sydney

91106 Honours FT (Environmental Science) 2

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

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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 (Seminar 1)

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

This is a 10 minute presentation, plus 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Criteria:

Students will be assessed on the delivery, scientific content, and responses to 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

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:

Students will be assessed on the language, figures, layout, referencing, scientific content, and their understanding of the research context of their Honours work. Details of the assessment criteria are available in the Honours Program Manual and available on UTSOnline.

Assessment task 3: Thesis

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 the language, data analysis, figures, layout, referencing, scientific content, and interpretation of results. Details of the assessment criteria are available in the Honours Program Manual and available on UTSOnline.

Assessment task 4: Final Seminar (Seminar 2)

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 the delivery, scientific content, interpretation of results, and responses to questions from the audience. Details of the assessment criteria are available in the Honours Program Manual and available on UTSOnline.