AGRI11004 - Research in Agriculture
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces the concept of critical thinking and research methodologies, extending the VET unit 'Manage a trial and/or research material'. Through your own supervised research activity, you will learn how to develop a research framework and apply critical thinking to solve complex problems.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: SCIE11023 Science Communication

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
  • Bundaberg
  • Emerald
  • 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 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 60%
2. Portfolio 40%

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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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
The use of Excel for the statistical data analysis needs improvement. Students Basic knowledge of Excel is needed before the course.
The assessment outlay needs improvement. Students Reduce the number of parts in the Portfolio.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Select appropriate data to answer a research question.
  2. Formulate a research hypothesis.
  3. Frame research questions based on existing theory.
  4. Manage a research project.
  5. Prepare a research report summarising the key findings of a research activity.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

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 - Portfolio    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

Scientific papers, reviews and focus articles will be used as support information for the students.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • R
  • Genstat
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 CoordinatorDaniel Cozzolino (d.cozzolino@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

Introduction to managing research and trials

Introduction to quantitative analysis and sampling. Why we use statistics in agriculture. General concepts about experimental design, definition of variables. Defining a hypothesis. What is an experiment?

Week 2 17-07-2017

Building industry focus

Introduction to experimental design, research and trial design, planning.

Week 3 24-07-2017

What is a sample?

Definition of a sample and experimental / sample unit (plants, crops, animal, insects, diseases). Sampling theory. Data integrity, annotations.

PART A (10%). Activities: budget estimation/cost of research, literature review or background; setting hypothesis and defining experimental design, templates for data collection and protocols.

Week 4 31-07-2017

I have got all this experimental data but what I can do with it? Part I

Introduction to statistical analysis. Basic statistics used in research mean, variability, range, coefficient of variation, standard error and deviation.

Week 5 07-08-2017

I have got all this experimental data but what I can do with it? Part II

Accepting and/or rejecting the hypothesis, "t' test, analysis of variance (ANOVA).

PART B (20%). Activities: QUIZ. Assessment content from lectures, practicals and tutorials delivered in weeks 1 through 5.

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

Cause, effect and anecdotal evidence in experiments

Regression, correlation and anecdotal evidence. Linear and multilinear regression.

Week 7 28-08-2017

Can't see the woods for the trees

Patterns, clusters, and systems approaches to data analysis.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Reporting results to farmers, managers, stakeholders. Extension notes.

Factsheets, posters, extension and technical notes.

Week 9 11-09-2017

Reporting results to a scientific audience

Scientific reports (e.g. Journal, Thesis) structure (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, References).

PART C (10%). Activities: sampling and sampling strategies, data collection and data analysis; and occupational health and safety.

Week 10 18-09-2017

What is the best way to present the data? Tables, figures and reports

Tables, figures. Examples from different sources.

Week 11 25-09-2017

Tools, personnel and costing

Revision of budgeting and costing.

Week 12 02-10-2017

Ethics and welfare

Ethics and welfare in animal, plant and human studies related with agriculture.

Scientific report and extension note Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Scientific report and extension note
Task Description

Assessment Type: Written Assessment

Weighting: 60%

Assessment Description: This assessment consists of a written scientific report and a fact sheet or extension note. The report and fact sheet will present the findings of the research project undertaken during the practical component of this unit.

The scientific report will be in the format of a scientific journal (1500-2000 words) and will include an introduction, aims (hypothesis), materials and methods, analysis of your experiment (including statistical analysis of the results), discussion of your results related with your hypothesis, conclusions and references.

The fact sheet, extension note or poster (300-500 words) will be a one page document summarising information from the scientific report with the intended audience being primary producers and industry. The focus of the fact sheet will be on the practical findings of the project and recommendations for addressing the agricultural issue investigated in the research project.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 10 working days after due date
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

There is a pass/fail component for attendance at practical sessions and attendance is compulsory.

The assessment will be marked based on criteria set by Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges. Marking rubrics are available on the Moodle site.

Students receiving unsatisfactory marks (<50% or unfilled units of competency) will be given the opportunity to re-submit their work.

Students will be marked on:

1. Properly addressing the question/s

2. Content

3. Presentation

4. Referencing/research

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% of the marks.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Select appropriate data to answer a research question.

2. Formulate a research hypothesis.

3. Frame research questions based on existing theory.

5. Prepare a research report summarising the key findings of a research activity.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Research Portfolio
Task Description

Assessment Type: Research Portfolio

Weighting: 40%

Assessment Description: The portfolio is made up of a series of activities undertaken in the tutorial sessions, practical sessions and lectures. Activities include: budget estimation/cost of research, literature review or background; setting hypothesis and defining experimental design; sampling and sampling strategies, protocols; data collection, template of data collection and protocols; data analysis; and occupational health and safety.

PART A (10%). Due date Week 3. This activity consists of a short report (200 - 300 words) discussing the budget estimation/cost of your research, literature review or background of your experiment; setting your hypothesis and defining your experimental design, templates for data collection and protocols for your experiment must be added.

PART B (20%). Due date Week 5. QUIZ. The quiz consists of online multiple choice questions and short answers from the lectures, practical and tutorials from weeks 1 to week 5. The quiz will be open on Monday and close Friday week 5 at 5 PM.

PART C (10%). Due date Week 8. This activity consists of a short report (200 - 300 words) discussing your sampling and sampling strategies, data collection and data analysis of your data; and occupational health and safety issues related to your research.

Assessment Due Date Research Portfolio, Part A is due week 3 (Friday 28th July 5PM), Part B is due week 5 (Friday 11 August), 5PM, Part C is due week 9 (Friday 15th September 5PM).
Return Date to Students 10 working days after due date of each part
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

There is a pass/fail component for attendance at practical sessions and attendance is compulsory.

The assessment will be marked based on criteria set by Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges. Marking rubrics are available on the Moodle site.

Students receiving unsatisfactory marks (<50% or unfilled units of competency) will be given the opportunity to re-submit their work.

Students will be marked on:

1. Properly addressing the question/s

2. Content

3. Presentation

4. Referencing/research

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% for each part
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Select appropriate data to answer a research question.

2. Formulate a research hypothesis.

3. Frame research questions based on existing theory.

4. Manage a research project.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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