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AFNR4101: Research Project A

This unit aims to develop a student's ability to undertake a major research project in an area of specialization. The unit builds on theoretical and applied knowledge gained across most of the units of study undertaken throughout their degree program. This unit is a corequisite with AFNR4102 and each student will work with an academic supervisor in an area of specialization and develop a well-defined research project to be executed. The research project is undertaken to advance the students ability to build well-developed research skills, a strong analytical capacity, and the ability to provide high quality research results demonstrating a sound grasp of the research question. Working with an academic supervisor, students will develop their ability to define a research project including the producing of testable hypotheses, identifying existing knowledge from reviewing the literature, and the design and execution of a research strategy towards solving the research question. Students will build on their previous research and inquiry skills through sourcing a wide range of knowledge to solve the research problem. They will enhance their intellectual and personal autonomy by means of the development of experimental programs. Students will experience presenting a project proposal. They will improve their written and planning skills by composing a research project proposal and the writing of a critical literature review.

Code AFNR4101
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 12
144 credit points of 1000-3000 level units of study

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Source, collate, synthesise and critically evaluate information from a range of relevant sources and identify knowledge gaps for investigation.
  • LO2. Develop a research question with creativity and lateral thinking.
  • LO3. Use appropriate methodologies to design experiments, and collect and analyse data to investigate a research question.
  • LO4. Demonstrate a command of relevant disciplinary conceptual and theoretical frameworks.
  • LO5. Communicate research methodologies and findings in written and oral form for a scientific audience.
  • LO6. Produce independent research which is an original contribution to the discipline.
  • LO7. Define the scope of their research project and effectively identify, manage and respond to challenges in research direction, and develop resilience and display intellectual growth.
  • LO8. Act with integrity in their research practice and professional relationships, working within established ethical and regulatory frameworks.
  • LO9. Establish collaborative and professional rapport with other students and staff.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.