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Advanced Research Methods for Scientists (VLS683)

Organisational Unit College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1S-internal, S1S-external, S2N3-internal, S2N3-external
Description Students will explore advanced approaches to research design and analysis, engaging with issues influencing decision-making in research including science communication and professionalism. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be covered. Practical skills such as literature discovery, data management and analysis, and poster production are the focus of workshop sessions. Knowledge and skills will have relevance to students interested in progressing their academic career as well as those working and intending to work in industry, government and not-for-profit sectors.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students completing this unit will be able to:
1. Describe the principles of research organisation and planning.
2. Apply theoretical and practical aspects of research design, including use of qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.
3. Demonstrate skills in the use of computers, and databases, for performing research and communicating the findings.
4. Demonstrate high quality research and writing skills in your research thesis or report.
5. Effectively use oral communication skills in a professional environment.
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit has one week-long session (O Week) and a single 4-hour poster session near the end of semester (typically Week 13).
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit incorporates a mixture of structured timetabled learning (lectures and tutorials), timetabled semi-structured learning (student seminars and workshops) and a sizeable focus on self-directed learning. These differing approaches will allow students to achieve the unit learning outcomes which include:
1. Understand research principles, organisation and planning.
2. Understand theoretical and practical aspects of research design, including use of qualitative and quantitative approaches to research. These skills include literature searching, data management, data analysis & visualisation, and creating posters.
3. Demonstrate high quality research and writing skills in your research thesis or report.
4. Demonstrate high quality oral communication skills in a professional environment.
Assessment Semester 1 assessment will comprise a critical review of a published paper, a poster based on your research proposal and a multiple choice quiz.
Semester 2 assessment will comprise a project proposal, data presentation assessment and an oral presentation to the class.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Honours or a graduate-level (AQF level 9) course or Bachelor Environmental Science.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENV523 Environmental Science Research Methods or ENV683 Advanced Environmental Science Research Methods may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Honours students are advised to complete this unit in their first semester of enrolment.
Previously 2014: ENV683
2014: 'Advanced Environmental Science Research Methods'
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Marine Biology Honours (BSc(Hons))
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Molecular Biology Honours (BSc(Hons))
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Master of Environmental Science (MEnvSc)
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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.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
VLS683
Dr Garth Maker
Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1288
e: G.Maker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.3.035 - Biological Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
VLS683

MURDOCH: S1S-External
MURDOCH: S1S-Internal
Dr Garth Maker
Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1288
e: G.Maker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.3.035 - Biological Sciences, Murdoch Campus
VLS683

MURDOCH: S2N3-External
MURDOCH: S2N3-Internal
Associate Professor Rachel Standish
Associate Professor Ecology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2219
e: R.Standish@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.3.036 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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