SCIH14001 - Honours Preparation
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will allow you to start to develop your Honours research area, including the development of a relevant and appropriate topic of study. You will develop specific skills in the critical analysis of the literature, research design, and written and oral communication.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation Pass/Fail
2. Written Assessment Pass/Fail

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Search the literature utilising a wide range of library resources and online services
  2. Formulate and present a written proposal on a suitable research topic
  3. Demonstrate technical knowledge relevant to the topic
  4. Effectively communicate the background literature and proposed methodology relating to your chosen project to an educated non-specialist audience
  5. Undertake an oral presentation on the chosen topic.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation  
2 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving      
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Presentation      
2 - Written Assessment    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

There are no specified textbooks for this course. You should consult your undergraduate textbooks and resources in research methods and statistics, and use the online resources for this course, to assist your learning and ensure successful completion of assessment tasks in this course.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office or similar word processing, spreadsheeting and presentation software.
  • Zotero or EndNote citation management software. Zotero is available freely online. EndNote is supported by CQUniversity and is freely available to CQUniversity students via ITD.
  • Statistical software relevant to the students' study area such as R, SPSS, or NVIVO, or equivalant online statistical application. Consult your supervisor(s) for detailed information.
  • ZOOM Videoconferencing software. A ZOOM account is available with your student credentials. We will use this software for seminar delivery.
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRobert Stanton (r.stanton@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017
Week 2 17-07-2017

Research ethics and integrity.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Undertaking a critical analysis.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Scientific writing.

Week 5 07-08-2017

Research design.

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Preparing and delivering a research presentation.

Week 7 28-08-2017

Essential tips for preparing your literature review and project proposal.

Week 8 04-09-2017
Week 9 11-09-2017

Submission of the draft literature review and project proposal (optional).

Week 10 18-09-2017
Week 11 25-09-2017
Week 12 02-10-2017

Submission of the FINAL literature review and project proposal. Due Friday of Week 12 at 12:00 Noon (Midday).

Written Assessment Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 12:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Oral presentation. Due Monday of Review Week.

Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

You will deliver a presentation which outlines your project, to your peers and academic colleagues,on the Monday of Review week. The presentation will:

  • include a brief background to your project;
  • highlight the significance of the study;
  • outline the research question(s) to be answered;
  • describe the project methodology including ethical considerations and data collection and analytical techniques;
  • and describe how the project outcomes will be disseminated.

The presentation will be no more than 15 minutes in duration (strictly adhering to this timeframe is essential), with up to 15 minutes for questions. Presentations will be primarily conducted on the Rockhampton campus only, with videoconference links to other campuses as required.

Assessment Due Date You must submit your slides as a pdf file by 8.00am on the Monday of Review week. The presentation will be conducted on the Monday of Review week and will be on the same day as final presentations for completing students. This will help build an Honours research culture within the School.
Return Date to Students Grades will be advised once all examiners have returned marking sheets.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

The presentation is assessed as a Pass/Fail item. In order to pass this assessment item, you must adequately address all of the criteria specified in the criteria sheet available on Moodle. Students who do not adequately address all criteria during their presentation will have the opportunity to do so by answering questions from the assessment panel during question time.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Face to Face presentation

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Search the literature utilising a wide range of library resources and online services

3. Demonstrate technical knowledge relevant to the topic

4. Effectively communicate the background literature and proposed methodology relating to your chosen project to an educated non-specialist audience

5. Undertake an oral presentation on the chosen topic.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

You will prepare and submit a single document which contains your literature review and project proposal. The literature review will provide a detailed background relevant to your topic. It will demonstrate a critical synthesis of the literature which is unbiased and well-researched, and will identify relevant gaps in the literature. The project proposal will specify one (1) or more research questions which have been identified from the review of the literature, and highlight the significance of undertaking the proposed research project. You will describe in detail, the proposed methodology you will use to answer the research question(s) including data collection and analytical techniques both technical and statistical. In this way, you will demonstrate a sound understanding of the problem and the solution, and demonstrate that your project is feasible, and has the capacity to answer the proposed research questions.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 12:00 PM AEST
An optional draft submission may be submitted for comment by close of business, Friday Week 9. Final submission is due Friday of Week 12 at noon (Midday).
Return Date to Students Grades will be advised once all examiners have returned marking sheets.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

The literature review and project proposal is assessed as a Pass/Fail item. In order to pass this assessment item, you must adequately address all of the criteria specified in the criteria sheet available on Moodle. A draft submission will be available during Week 9 of Term and feedback will be given on the document to allow changes to be made ahead of the final submission. Students who do not adequately address all criteria in their final submission will be given one (1) additional opportunity to resubmit. You will be contacted by the unit coordinator and the resubmission will be due one (1) week after you have received your mark.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit the literature review and project proposal as one (1) file in Moodle. Submission must be in MS Word format.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Search the literature utilising a wide range of library resources and online services

2. Formulate and present a written proposal on a suitable research topic

3. Demonstrate technical knowledge relevant to the topic

4. Effectively communicate the background literature and proposed methodology relating to your chosen project to an educated non-specialist audience

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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