BMSC13013 - Research Project
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides opportunity for students to complete discipline specific research activities during the 3rd year of their course of study. This involves application of scientific research methodologies to a research problem.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite:

BMED19003 Clinical Biochemistry or BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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
  • Mixed Mode
  • 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 20%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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
Slow response to student queries Student feedback Investigate ways of improving student support throughout the term, as well as improving feedback response times.
The ability to choose an area of interest to research was good Student feedback Maintain this aspect of the course.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop and deliver a concise research proposal.
  2. Apply scientific research metholodogies to complete a research project.
  3. Present research findings via written and oral presentations.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorWilliam Aspden (w.aspden@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

Students should contact their Discipline Leader to find out what projects or review topics are available (some of these topics may also be on Moodle). Students may suggest their own project or review topic to the Discipline Leader for their opinion on feasibility.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Students are required to email the Unit Coordinator a title and brief paragraph summary of their planned project or review (approx. 200 words). Students should start searches for relevant literature as soon as possible and not leave writing until just before a deadline. A high standard of writing is expected and should be worked on as time permits throughout the term.

Week 3 24-07-2017
Week 4 31-07-2017

If doing a hands-on Research Project submit the proposal by Friday, Week 4, for review as to its feasibility. Note that this should be a short project that can be completed and written up by Friday Week 10. Although this is a short project consider speaking with your Discipline Leader about a follow up Honours Project.

Week 5 07-08-2017
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017
Week 7 28-08-2017
Week 8 04-09-2017
Week 9 11-09-2017
Week 10 18-09-2017

All students submit 'Assessment 3 Written Assessment' (project report or literature review) by Friday.

In order to meet deadlines students doing a hands-on project should commence writing parts of their report (such as draft introduction, materials and methods) during the project and not leave writing the full report until the end of the project.

Students doing a literature review, rather than a hands-on project, submit both your literature review and your Research Proposal (arising from findings in your review) by Friday.

Week 11 25-09-2017

All students submit Oral Presentation video by Friday.

If you do not have software for doing a webcam recording, at the time of writing this (16 June, 2017), Camtasia can be downloaded for a free trial for 30 days. There are help videos available from the Camtasia site, linked on Moodle.

Week 12 02-10-2017
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Note: While it says in the General Information section there is a compulsory residential school, this is not the case. This is an administrative error carried over from last year's Unit Profile. I was unable to rectify this yet because it requires a Unit Change Proposal to go in followed by review by several committees.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Research Proposal
Task Description

Students should first consult their area Discipline Leader, or associated research staff member, about the availability of a suitable project, which might include a hands-on research project, a data analysis project, or a literature review. Students may alternatively suggest their own project of interest to the Discipline Leader. Any suggestions would need to be feasible in terms of meeting any requirements for resources, ethics or safety approvals. For hands-on and data analysis projects students must submit a research proposal outlining the research topic and project plan, including a title, background, hypothesis or research questions, specific aim(s), methods and references, using the Research Proposal Template (available on the unit Moodle site). Note that hands-on projects need to be a short one to two weeks project, so everything can be finished and written up before the deadlines. Additional guidelines on writing a research proposal will be provided on the unit Moodle site. Students doing a hands-on or data analysis project will prepare this proposal in conjunction with advice from their Discipline Leader. For students doing a literature review, instead of a hands-on project, the research proposal will arise from any gaps in the research where further research is suggested. Students planning to do a literature review should consult with their Discipline Leader or other researcher on a suitable topic. Students are encouraged to suggest a topic for the literature review in an area of their interest.

Assessment Due Date Due Friday Week 4 for those doing a hands-on or data analysis project or Friday Week 10 for those whose project proposal originate from a literature review.
Return Date to Students Return 2 weeks following submission.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Research questions and aims, 5 Marks

Introduction (summary of literature review), 5 Marks

Methodology/experimental approaches to be used, 5 marks

Unbiased view on anticipated possible results, 5 Marks

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit through the appropriate link in the assessment block on Moodle.

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

1. Develop and deliver a concise research proposal.

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



2 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation - Oral Presentation of Research
Task Description

Students are required to provide a 15-minute oral presentation on their research or literature review via a webcam or video recording. For students who do not have software for a webcam recording, Camtasia can usually be downloaded for a 30 day free trial. Download and Help links are on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Friday Week 11 of the Term.
Return Date to Students Exam Week.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Clarity of presentation, structure, audience engagement and timing. 5 Marks

Quality of audio-visual aids and proficiency in the use of video/webcam technology. 5 Marks

Literature review and definition of research topic area. 10 Marks

Discussion of results or critical analysis of literature and future directions for the research. 10 Marks

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit through the appropriate link in the assessment block on Moodle.

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

1. Develop and deliver a concise research proposal.

2. Apply scientific research metholodogies to complete a research project.

3. Present research findings via written and oral presentations.

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

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Final report
Task Description

Students doing a hands-on or data analysis project must submit a final report (approximately 2500 words) on the research they conducted. The format of the report should be consistent with the guidelines on Writing Up a Project Report provided in the unit Moodle site. Guidelines will also be provided on the Moodle site for writing a detailed literature review (approximately 2500 words).

Assessment Due Date Friday Week 10 of term.
Return Date to Students Two weeks after submission.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

For students doing a hands-on or data analysis project:

Abstract/Introduction: Abstract provides an accurate summary of the project results (about 100 words) . Introduction clearly defines the research area · Provides background information on the area being researched · Provides a clear outline of why the research is required · Clearly outlines the aim(s). 10 Marks

Materials/Methods: Outlines all methods used in conducting the research (including statistical analysis) · Provides enough details for the experiments/methods to be reproduced. 5 Marks

Results, Discussion & Conclusion: Clearly states the results · Clearly discusses the results of the research · Shows clear understanding of how the results impact on the current understanding within the field · Demonstrates critical thinking and understanding in discussing the outcome of the research · Is able to state limitations of their work/methods/results/outcomes. 25 Marks

Referencing: All work that is not the author’s original contribution has been referenced correctly, consistently, and appropriately, using the Harvard System. 5 Marks

Overall presentation: The report includes key sections (abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, reference list/citations) - may also be presented in the form of a journal article · Style, spelling and grammar are good, with no errors. 5 Marks

Total: 50 Marks

For students doing a literature review:

Introduction: Captures attention. Introduces theme and material to be reviewed. May include a historical perspective. 5 Marks

Research: Evidence of extensive literature and information searching and effective use of a range of sources, including numerous primary journal articles, and specific reviews and text books if relevant. As a general guideline, a minimum of 20 primary journal articles related to the topic and background should be researched and discussed. 20 Marks

Review style: Accurate information reviewed critically at a high level of technical understanding. Evidence of 'synthesis' of information researched (rather than a more simple catalogue of methods or reports) that highlights any conflicts in interpretation of the evidence. Evidence of original thought and creativity in writing style. There must be logical flow of information presented that engages with a reader who is knowledgeable of the various methods employed. The content of the review should be separated into logical sections, each with a subheading to enhance reader impact. Correct scientific writing style, grammar and spelling. Adherence to length (2500 words). 15 Marks

Conclusion: Sums up the findings from the review and should suggest future directions for research. 5 Marks

Referencing: All information should be thoroughly referenced in the body of the essay by using citations. All sources referred to should be listed at the end of the review. Referencing style should accurately follow the "Harvard" style. The quality of the references used will be part of the assessment. 5 Marks

Total: 50 marks.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit through the appropriate link in the assessment block on Moodle.

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

1. Develop and deliver a concise research proposal.

2. Apply scientific research metholodogies to complete a research project.

3. Present research findings via written and oral presentations.

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

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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