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BMET5223: Dissertation B

Semester 1, 2021 [Supervision] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

To complete a substantial research project and successfully analyse a problem, devise appropriate experiments, analyse the results and produce a well-argued, in-depth thesis. The final research project should be completed and reported at a level which meets AQF level 9 outcomes and has original components as would be expected in MPhil.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BMET5223
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 12
Prohibitions
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BMET5020 or BMET5021 or BMET5022 or AMME5020 or AMME5020 or AMME5021 or AMME5022 or AMME5222 or AMME5223 or AMME5010
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Andre Kyme, andre.kyme@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Project Proposal
Project plan (due in Semester 1)
0% - Refer to Canvas for guidelines
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Assignment Progress Report
Literature review and report on current progress (due in Semester 1)
10% - Variable
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Skills-based evaluation Thesis Seminar
Thesis seminar presentation
10% Week 10 5-minute presentation (+ questions)
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Dissertation Thesis Report
Final thesis report
80% Week 13 Refer to Canvas for guidelines
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Assessment summary

  • 10% Progress Report (due Sem 1)
  • 10% Thesis Seminar (due Sem 2)
  • 80% Final Thesis Report (due Sem 2)
  • Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas

Assessment criteria

Refer to Canvas for guidelines.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

5% per day

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Weekly Independent research (planning, designing experiments, performing experiments, analysis and reporting). Independent study (8 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 12 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 240-300 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. Document and report research work undertaken in a format appropriate for academic literature with correct referencing.
  • LO2. Design and deliver a research presentation that is clear, confident and engaging to an academic audience.
  • LO3. Formulate and plan a personal research project.
  • LO4. Develop and demonstrate originality, ingenuity and initiative in dealing with critical research issues.
  • LO5. Develop an in-depth knowledge of a specialised area within the discipline.
  • LO6. Formulate, justify and implement an appropriate method for investigating a specific research question.
  • LO7. Demonstrate an ability to analyse data, draw appropriate conclusions and present these conclusions in context, with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

No significant changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

Work, health and safety

  • All research work must be completed in accordance with School, Faculty and University WHS policies. This includes:
    • Completing appropriate lab inductions before commencing lab-based work
    • Where applicable, completing a risk assessment before commencing experimental work
  • Ensure that you discuss all WHS-specific aspects of your project with your supervisor at the outset.

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