Course Title: Masters Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Science

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Daivis

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 3393

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.06.06

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for 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 covers a range of advanced topics designed to extend the knowledge and skills gained from undergraduate courses, and prepare you for a future career in research. Some topics are presented as lectures and seminars, whilst others are self-learning based. You should select appropriate topics for study following academic advisement from your project supervisor and discipline honours coordinator.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following PLOs

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

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.



On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
CLO1. demonstrate an enhanced understanding of selected advanced theory, technical and/or practical topics in specialized areas of your discipline
CLO2. demonstrate broad knowledge of topics within your discipline
CLO3. solve problems and apply your knowledge within your discipline

Overview of Learning Activities

You may select your advanced study from:
a. A series of advanced theory units (typically 3 x 8hr lecture sessions) on a range of topics as advertised each year by the School.
b. Dissertation and review of a topic, not available as an advanced theory unit, that may be complementary to, but must not be too similar to, your research project.
c. Some other advanced course (e.g. a postgraduate course), selected with agreement of the Course Coordinator and Program Coordinator.

Total study hours

Teacher guided hours: 48

Learner directed hours: 72



Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to extensive course materials on CANVAS.

Overview of Assessment

Note that:

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment of advanced coursework:

Assignments: 40% (Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3)

Examinations: 60% (Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3)


Assessment of dissertation:

(Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3)

The dissertation should be no more than 30 double-spaced A4 pages and will be assessed by the topic supervisor (50%) and one other examiner (50%) appointed by the Course Coordinator.