SCIEN303-21B (TGA)

Undergraduate Research Project

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science


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Paper Description

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Students carry out an independent research project on an approved topic under staff supervision. This paper will provide students with the opportunity to experience a research environment and is recommended for those considering postgraduate study in Science. In appropriate cases, the research project may consist of a literature review (provided it is of a suitable scientific standard and contains an element of research, e.g. data mining, re-appraising data etc) instead of experimental work.

Before enrolment in the paper will be approved, the student will need to find an academic staff member willing to act as the supervisor, and with them devise a suitable project.
Please contact the course coordinator for information on the structure of the paper.

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Paper Structure

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The structure will be an independent research project under the supervision of a staff member. Any staff member who teaches into the BSc can be a supervisor.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • The ability to conduct independent research with supervision
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  • The ability to communicate research results through a written research report
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The project MUST be research. Usually this constitutes a field, lab, computer modelling or data analysis exercise. A basic review of literature is not acceptable, but a meta-analysis of literature is. There are 3 pieces of assessment. The plan, the notebook and the project.

The plan: There is a template provided on Moodle. It needs to submitted 3 weeks from the start of semester.

The notebook: You need to keep reflective notes of your research progress. Each page should be dated. You should detail any blocks to progress and make notes of how you overcame them. You should also write clear minutes of each meeting with supervisor. You could include diagrams that help you work through theoretical problems, maps of sampling strategies. This is up to you.

The report: Note that most of the grading goes on the report. It will be marked by your supervisor and one other.

You will also need to upload your health and safety plan.

The assessment is entirely based on independent work, which is assessed through a written outline and a report. There are no formal contact hours, and so the student will need to make sure that they stay in regular contact with their supervisor so that they can be guided on the scope and detail required for the assessment.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Project outline
30 Jul 2021
5:00 PM
  • Email: Convenor
2. Research notebook
15 Oct 2021
12:00 AM
  • Other: Hand in to supervisor
3. Research report
15 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
  • Email: Lecturer
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Part of the independent research aspect of this paper is to find appropriate reading material for your project (e.g. by using the library and database search engines). Consult with your supervisor if you are unable to find appropriate material to read.
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Online Support

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This paper will be supported by Moodle.
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The total workload expected for this paper is 150 hours, consistent with other 15-point 300-level papers. There are no scheduled lectures but there will be a compulsory introductory session held at the beginning of the course to outline the general expectations and requirements of the paper.

It is acknowledged that as each research project will be unique, the specific workload required will vary for each student. However, the general expectation is that students will spend approximately 100 hours completing experimental work and a further approximately 50 hours preparing their research report.

A detailed logbook should be kept outlining time spent on the project. This must be signed by your research supervisor and submitted with your research report.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: SCIE301, SCIEN301, SCIE302, SCIEN313, SCIEN314, SCIEN371, BIOL307, CHEM304, ERTH311, ERTH312

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