SCIH14004 - Honours Analysis and Completion
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

During this unit you will complete and present your research project work as a thesis containing scientific scholarly works such as a manuscript intended for submission in peer-reviewed journals and/or industry reports, and as an oral thesis presentation and defense. Particular emphasis will be placed on succinct and clear presentations of background literature, project design, analytical methods, findings, conclusions and implications of your work, by written and oral means.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: SCIH14001 Honours Preparation

Pre-requisite: SCIH14002 Research Project A

Co-requisite: SCIH14003 Research Project B

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. Written Assessment 75%
2. Oral Examination 25%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe and defend the application of relevant methodology to the design of a project
  2. Critically analyse scientific works and scholarly readings in your research area
  3. Communicate research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, using terminology appropriate to the audience
  4. Prepare scientific scholarly outputs suitable for publication in peer-review journals or as an industry technical report
  5. Apply discipline specific analytical approaches to collected research data.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Oral Examination  

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 - Written Assessment  
2 - Oral Examination  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRebecca Vella (r.vella@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

Scholarly output... constructing chapter 3 of your thesis.

Week 2 17-07-2017
Week 3 24-07-2017

Extending a discussion... constructing chapter 4 of your thesis.

Week 4 31-07-2017
Week 5 07-08-2017

Re-reviewing literature... constructing chapter 2 of your thesis.

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

A great introduction... constructing chapter 1 of your thesis.

Week 7 28-08-2017
Week 8 04-09-2017

Telling a great story... Preparing for your final presentation.

Week 9 11-09-2017
Week 10 18-09-2017
Week 11 25-09-2017
Week 12 02-10-2017
Thesis Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 12:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Presentation Due Monday (09 Oct 17) 08:00 AM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Thesis
Task Description

You will prepare and submit a thesis which represents the volume and quality of work undertaken during your Honours degree. Details on the composition of the thesis are given on Moodle and you are advised to closely follow these guidelines.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 12:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Students will be advised of their results when marks have been received from all members of the marking panel. Notably, this may take a couple of weeks.
Weighting 75%
Assessment Criteria

Detailed marking criteria for the thesis are available on Moodle, however the general criteria are below.

In your thesis have you:

1) Critically analysed scientific work and scholarly readings in your research area?

2) Adequately described and justified the methodology used in the project?

3) Communicated the research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, using appropriate terminology?

4) Analysed data appropriately?

and

5) Are scholarly outputs suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or as an industry technical report?

Thus, the whole of the thesis will be examined including the review of literature and scholarly outputs. You should work closely with your supervisors to ensure all criteria are met to the highest standard.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Thesis to be uploaded to moodle in .pdf format.

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

1. Describe and defend the application of relevant methodology to the design of a project

2. Critically analyse scientific works and scholarly readings in your research area

3. Communicate research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, using terminology appropriate to the audience

4. Prepare scientific scholarly outputs suitable for publication in peer-review journals or as an industry technical report

5. Apply discipline specific analytical approaches to collected research data.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Oral Examination

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

You will prepare and deliver an oral presentation and receive questions from the marking panel and general audience. The oral presentation will be no more than 20 minutes in duration, and will:

1) Highlight the aims and significance of your research;

2) Describe the methodology including data collection and analysis;

3) Present the results in a clear and concise manner;

4) Discuss the findings in light of previous work in the area;

5) Present your conclusions based on the study's findings; and

6) Offer any implications arising from the work.

Immediately following the presentation, the marking panel will be given the opportunity to ask questions and follow up on any items that require further explanation, to inquire about how you might further promote your findings or how your work will inform future studies. The general audience will also be given the opportunity to ask questions if time permits after the marking panel have finished (20 minutes maximum question time - this is independent of the 20 minutes of time allocated for the presentation). You will be required to deliver your presentation from any one of the established CQU campuses, notably presentations will be primarily conducted on the Rockhampton campus, with video conference links to other campuses as required.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (09-Oct-2017) 08:00 AM AEST
Final presentation and question / answer session with the marking panel will be held in conjunction with initial presentations for students in the Honours Preparation unit. Presentations will be held during revision/exam week, with this date non-negotiable.
Return Date to Students Students will be notified of their grades once all marks have been received and collated from the marking panel.
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Detailed marking criteria for the final presentation and private discussion are available on Moodle, however the general criteria are;

1) Quality of the oral presentation;

2) Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the project;

3) Demonstrate the significance and novelty of the project; and

4) Deduce appropriate conclusions from the experimental work.

You should work closely with your supervisors to ensure all criteria are met to the highest standard.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

PowerPoint slides used for the presentation are to be uploaded to Moodle by 8:00 (AEST) on the day of the presentation. The presentation and question / answer session with the marking panel are then delivered in person later that day.

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

1. Describe and defend the application of relevant methodology to the design of a project

2. Critically analyse scientific works and scholarly readings in your research area

3. Communicate research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, using terminology appropriate to the audience

5. Apply discipline specific analytical approaches to collected research data.

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

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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