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SCDL3991: Science Dalyell Individual Research Project

To discover something new, we must go beyond what we read in books, what we hear in lectures, beyond what is already known. In this unit, you will be doing research, rather than just learning about research others have done. This Dalyell unit is your opportunity to engage in genuine scientific, mathematical, health or medical research, from your second year. You will research and contribute to answering a novel research question, closely aligned to the current research interests of an academic supervisor and group. You will design, plan, and execute a research project, and communicate your results. Depending on your project, this may involve collecting and analysing data, modelling a phenomenon, devising an instrument, synthesizing materials, or theoretical predictions. You will present and report your results and conclusions in a scientific seminar and report. By completing this unit, you will get a first-hand experience of cutting-edge research. Please note: You may consult with departmental Dalyell coordinators to locate potential supervisors. The research question will be chosen in consultation with the academic supervisor, in advance of enrolling in the unit. As part of this, the unit requires permission from an academic supervisor, and the unit coordinator. If necessary, the supervisor may require you to have previous WHS experience relevant to the project. An Individual Research Project Proposal signed by the supervisor should be submitted in the supporting information of your application for departmental permission in Sydney Student.

Code SCDL3991
Academic unit Science Faculty
Credit points 6
must be in the Dalyell stream

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

  • LO1. devise, design and construct a novel scientific research project, coordinated and integrated with the activities of an academic research group
  • LO2. solve scientific/research problems by organising, modelling, and evaluating data and hypotheses/research questions to support scientifically valuable conclusions
  • LO3. communicate scientific information and research findings engagingly and effectively using a range of modes (written, oral, visual) for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • LO4. work independently and ethically under supervision in the process of learning, research, problem solving and assessment
  • LO5. search for and analyse information from a range of sources and experts and judge its reliability, significance and relevance
  • LO6. critically analyse data using a range of tools and methods
  • LO7. formulate scientific ideas, innovatively and creatively building on your knowledge of the field
  • LO8. implement best practice scientific record keeping
  • LO9. plan and manage a research project, including time management, communications, and methodology
  • LO10. develop expertise within the field of research, especially as it relates to the aims of the project.

Unit outlines

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