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Veterinary and Life Sciences Masters Independent Study (VLS601)

Organisational Unit College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external, W-internal, W-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description Most laboratories undertaken in graduate coursework are short, but professional scientific investigations often take longer. This project unit allows students to undertake a semester long research study under the guidance of a faculty member (supervisor), providing valuable experience in scientific practice. Students may use this to prepare in the area in which they intend to complete a dissertation, or to gain skills in a second area to their main interest.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students completing this unit can:
1. Critically analyse challenging and multi-faceted scientific problems
2. Critically evaluate findings within the current body of disciplinary knowledge
3. Communicate approaches and solutions, ideas and findings to informed professional scientific and industry audiences and also to non-specialist audiences
4. Demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner
5. Research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice
6. Collaborate respectfully with scientists from a range of cultural backgrounds
Timetabled Learning Activities None, learning activities are planned in consultation with the supervisor.
Unit Learning Experiences This particular unit is very focused on a self directed (with appropriate support from an academic/industry supervisor) research project, although in some cases groups of students may conduct coordinated activities. Specific activities will vary from project to project, but may include elements such as an extensive literature review, writing of a detailed project report, managing an integrated 6-12 week project, industry tours, or communicating the aims and results of the project via seminars to peers and staff via written or oral formats. Students should consult the LMS for detailed descriptions of the requirements of the unit in the semester they have enrolled. Unless specified, there are no formal classes.
Assessment Assessment in the unit is based around your performance in this research focused project. Details of specific assessment tasks and their weighting will vary between offerings, and will be provided in detail at the start of individual projects. It is therefore not possible to list specific assessment items here.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters, or permission of the unit coordinator.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Environmental Science (MEnvSc)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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