Course Title: Science Honours Project 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Science Honours Project 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS2456

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

ONPS2456

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

ONPS2457

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Daivis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253393

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

It is assumed that students taking this course will have background knowledge in their chosen discipline at Bachelor’s degree level


Course Description

This course, with the other three Science Honours Project courses, is the research project undertaken by all Science Honours students. The project, selected from the appropriate discipline area, allows students to develop skills in investigating a problem using scientific methodology. The project will be supervised by an academic research staff member and may involve direct collaboration with external bodies such as industries or government agencies.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark for the course will be one of the course marks used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information webpage for more information.(http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=eyj5c0mo77631).

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following PLOs of the BSc(AppSc)(Hons) program (BH012) and BSc(AppSc)Deans Scholars(Hons) BH101

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

PLO-1.2 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and relevance of science in society.

PLO-1.3 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge.

PLO-1.4 You will demonstrate an understanding of the significance of your research project to your field of specialization and to society.

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

PLO-2.2 You will have advanced knowledge in specialized areas of your chosen discipline.

PLO-2.3 You will demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methodology appropriate to your discipline.

PLO-3.2 You will be able to gather, critically review and synthesise information relevant to a scientific inquiry or research project.

PLO-3.3 You will be able to choose appropriate tools and methods to solve scientific problems within your area of specialization.

PLO-3.4 You will demonstrate well-developed problem solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively.

PLO-3.5 You will possess an ability to accurately record, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate your research findings.

PLO-4.1 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using effective oral, written and presentation skills.

PLO-4.2 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using appropriate terminology for the intended audience.

PLO-5.1 You will demonstrate accountability for your own learning and professional conduct.

PLO-5.2 You will demonstrate initiative and independence.

PLO-5.3 You will work responsibly, safely and ethically.

PLO-5.4 You will develop an ability to work collaboratively.

 


On completion of this course you will have developed the ability to:

  1. develop and conduct a research project
  2. apply your knowledge to the solution of a significant scientific problem
  3. accurately record, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate your results
  4. appropriately communicate the outcomes of your research to diverse audiences
  5. work responsibly, safely and ethically
  6. work collaboratively with your peers and supervisor/s

 


Overview of Learning Activities

Under the mentorship of your supervisor, you will carry out the research project planned in ONPS2317 Project Planning, integrating your knowledge and practical skills to achieve the aims of your research project. You will be expected to conduct your research, record your results, write your thesis and communicate the outcomes of your research to your peers in a professional manner.

Total Study Hours

Teacher guided hours: 12

Learner directed hours: 108

 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to current literature through the Library and manuals etc. available in your research group. You will be expected to access the references on good scientific writing on the course website (accessible through MyRMIT Studies). You may contact Student Services for assistance with learning and information on a range of supports available to facilitate your academic program.


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). 

  1. Student’s conduct of research project (assessed by supervisor): 30% (Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
  2. Thesis examiner 1: 30%(Addresses CLOs 2, 3, 4)
  3. Thesis examiner 2: 30% Addresses CLOs 2, 3, 4)
  4. Seminar: 10% (Addresses CLO 4)

Students who initially fail the seminar assessment may be required to repeat it.