Course Title: Directed Study

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Directed Study

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS1664

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

ONPS1664

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Daivis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3393

Course Coordinator Email: peter.daivis@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 14.6.6

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to make an appointment.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requsites, however, the course is designed for an upper year level student who has the foundation of a successful first year program.


Course Description

Directed Study is designed to allow the upper year level student to observe and participate in one or more current research projects within the School of Applied Sciences, under the direction of a staff mentor. The projects can be internal or external to RMIT. The student’s task will be defined by the staff member or researcher and agreed on by the student and course coordinator at the beginning of the course. It may consist of the student either observing and reporting on one or more research projects, or by carrying out work that contributes to a current research project.

The aims, scope, methodology and expected outcomes of the task must be defined in a proposal written by the student under the direction of the course coordinator at the beginning of the course. The success of the task will be weighed against the proposal. If appropriate, the student’s contribution will also be assessed by their mentor.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the BSc(Dean’s Scholar)(Hons) program (BH101) at AQF Level 7:

PLO-1.1 You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice.

PLO-2.1 You will have broad knowledge in your chosen discipline

 


At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the way that the scientific method is applied in the context of a specific research project within the School of Applied Sciences
  2. summarise the background, aims, methodology and expected outcomes of the research project
  3. demonstrate a grasp of the scientific principles involved in the research project
  4. summarise the implications of the research project for its field of specialization and for society generally
  5. report on your contribution to the research project

 

 


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is primarily project-based. It is expected that the student will be in direct contact with the staff member or project leader for a minimum of one hour per week. The remainder of the time will be spent in direct activities related to the project. This may include library research, field and/or laboratory work, attending group meetings and discussions with postgraduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers etc. Activities may be on or off campus.

Total Study Hours

Teacher guided hours: 12

Learner directed hours: 108

 


Overview of Learning Resources

Due to the diverse nature of Directed Study, no formal texts or reference materials can be recommended. The student should search for specific materials pertinent to their needs. The Science Staff can guide the student in this search. The research leader/facilitator may also add information. In addition to literature, it will be necessary to seek out professionals in the specialised fields to gather further information.


Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessments for this course are based on:

Student’s activity proposal (assessed by course coordinator): 20%

(Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4)

Student’s final report (assessed by course coordinator): 40%

(Addresses CLOs 1, 3, 5)

Mentor’s assessment of student’s contribution: 30%

(Addresses CLOs 1, 3)

Student’s oral presentation to class (assessed by coordinator): 10%

(Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)