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Biosecurity Masters Research Dissertation (BIO629)

School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 12
Availability MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description Students undertake an advanced, supervised investigation of a biosecurity research problem related to their main area of interest. The project will report on the rationale, methods and results of the research and will be assessed on the basis of the quality of a submitted research proposal and a final research paper. Project topics, applied in nature, will be chosen in consultation with the Unit Coordinator. The dissertation will be assessed by appropriately qualified people as approved by the Academic Chair.
Unit Learning Outcomes By the completion of the dissertation you should be able to:
1. Plan, undertake and complete a research project in a defined area of study.
2. Relate and evaluate the outcomes of the research to relevant other studies in the area.
3. Communicate about this research process and outcomes to others in the scientific or policy and broader community.
Timetabled Learning Activities Discussions with supervisor(s) as required. This is an independent research project and is therefore unique for each student.
Unit Learning Experiences In this unit the student undertakes a research project addressing a biosecurity problem or topic, under the supervision of an appropriate academic. Completion of the project will involve writing a project proposal that includes a detailed review of the relevant literature, followed by collection and analysis of appropriate data, and writing an extended research paper to communicate the findings of the project.
Other Learning Experiences Completing the Masters project will require critical thinking and good time management. Full time enrolment (completion in one semester) is equivalent to 40 hours of study per week.
Assessment Assessment is based on the project proposal (20%) and research paper (80%). Feedback on the proposal will be provided by the Unit Co-ordinator and, during preparation of the research paper, the Project Supervisor will provide feedback on written sections. The research paper will be assessed by two staff members or other appropriately qualified people as approved by the Academic Chair.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Plant Biosecurity or Master of Biosecurity.
Notes Students must have completed and passed all other units that comprise the Masters, prior to enrolling in this unit.
Previously 2015: VLS629
2015: 'Life Sciences Masters Research Dissertation'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)
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