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Food Security Masters Dissertation (BIO689)

Organisational Unit Agricultural 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 food security 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 literature review and a final research paper. Topics, applied in nature, will be chosen in consultation with the Unit Coordinator. To be assessed by appropriately qualified people as approved by the Unit Coordinator.
Unit Learning Outcomes By the completion of this unit 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 the research outcomes to others in the scientific or policy and broader community.
Timetabled Learning Activities There are no timetabled activities for this unit, the student will complete a project timeline as part of their project proposal.
Unit Learning Experiences In this unit the student undertakes a research project addressing a food security problem or topic under the supervision of an appropriate academic. Completion of the project will involve writing a project proposal, a detailed review of the relevant literature, collection and analysis of appropriate data, and writing an extended research paper to communicate the findings of the project.
Other Learning Experiences Discussions with supervisor(s) as required. This is an independent research project and is therefore unique for each student. 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 (pass/fail), literature review (20%) and research paper (80%). Feedback on the proposal will be provided by the Unit Coordinator. During preparation of the literature review and research paper the Project Supervisor will provide feedback. The research paper will be assessed by two staff members or other appropriately qualified people as approved by the Unit Coordinator.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Food Security.
Notes This unit should be taken concurrently with, or following completion of, VLS683 Advanced Research Methods for Scientists.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Food Security (MFoodSec) [New in 2015]
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Kirsty Bayliss
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2814
e: K.Bayliss@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.3.013 - Biological Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: H-External
MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: Y-External
Dr Kirsty Bayliss
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2814
e: K.Bayliss@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.3.013 - Biological Sciences, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: H-Internal
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
MURDOCH: Y-Internal
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