Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
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This subject is an individual research project and weekly contact hours will vary depending on the nature of the project. Students should discuss this with their supervisor but as a guide, a student enrolled in a 50 point research project subject would be expected to be engaged in their research for an average of forty hours per week or 800 hours for the semester. Students enrolled in a 37.5, 25 or 12.5 point research subject would be expected to be engaged in their research on a pro-rata basis.
Entry to the MSc (Botany program), or by approval of course coordinator.
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It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Ed Newbigin
This subject is the major research component for the Master of Science – Botany. The research project provides an opportunity for independent research under supervision in the School of Botany, in the areas of environmental science, molecular biology and biotechnology, functional plant biology, marine botany and plant systematics and evolution. The research project will provide: experience in reviewing scientific literature, hypothesis testing, design of laboratory and/or field experiments, training in experimental techniques, data analysis and interpretation, and development of written and oral presentation skills. The major research project has the potential to lead to research publication of results. The project will be designed in consultation with a supervisor(s) and approved by the School’s coordinator.
The objectives of this subject are to provide students with:
The assessment requirements below are applicable to the entire 125 point Research Project. Assessment will be based on a research thesis (85%; 17,000 - 22,000 words), a comprehensive literature review (10%; 3,000 words) and presentation of a seminar based on the research findings (5%; 40 minutes). Submission of the literature review and presentation of the seminar will be based on the timing of the research project. The literature review will be submitted at an early stage of the research project and presentation of the seminar and submission of the research thesis at the end of the research project. Students are expected to attend the School’s general weekly seminar series held during semesters (hurdle requirement).
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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At the completion of this subject, students should gain skills in:
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