|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject enables students to conduct an original research topic, under supervision approved by the subject coordinator. The work commitment will be equivalent to lecture and practical based subjects worth 25 points. The content and extent of the project will be determined by a project supervisor in consultation with the student and subject coordinator. Students are strongly encouraged to initiate project ideas within existing networks or to identify a project topic of keen interest, through discussion with subject coordinator, prior to subject commencement. The project represents a capstone subject and comprises a review of a body of relevant literature, together with a critical evaluation of research or experimental protocols, a modest original experiment, or limited exploration of a scientific problem, or an investigation into a problem using an approved methodology. Following an initial workshop to establish subject expectations, deliverables and skill base requirements, projects may involve regular one hour meetings with their supervisor where students report on progress, difficulties and research plans. Other workshops will deliver skill development in oral and written report presentation.
Please note that students should enrol into both the Semester 1 and Semester 2 availabilities of this 12.5 subject to achieve the combined 25 point credit total.
Intended learning outcomes
The assignments include a project proposal, researching an area of importance to an industry related to your degree. This will include a synopsis of the literature to provide context and rationale, together with an approach or protocol for a modest original experiment, a limited exploration of a scientific problem or other investigation. The proposal is a hurdle requirement and a pass (50% or more) is required in order to continue with the subject. Final reports and oral presentation will occur at the end of the semester and orals will involve a mini-symposium where findings will be presented to project stakeholders and the student cohort.
On completion of this subject students will have:
- the capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations, and to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community;
- the ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline; and
- the capacity to develop independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research.
Eligibility and requirements
Eligibility for honours or postgraduate degree - Undertaking a research project is conditional upon obtaining approval from a supervisor with consideration to appropriate subjects undertaken in their Masters
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Project Proposal (1500 words) due end of week 4 in the semester (10%)
- Thesis (5,000 - 10,000 words) due in the exam period in the semester of enrolment (75%)
- Oral Presentation (15 minutes) due by the end of the examination period in the second semester of enrolment (15%)
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Coordinator Patrick Lane Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Total time commitment 300 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
- Semester 2
Coordinator Patrick Lane Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Total time commitment 300 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Time commitment details
Students should expect to commit a total of 300 hours to this subject over the year. Students may be required to attend a weekly workshop.
Additional delivery details
Please note that this subject is a continuing subject run over the year. Students should enrol in both the Semester 1 and Semester 2 availability of this subject. Please see your student centre for assistance. Students wishing to complete this subject over one semester should enrol into FRST90077 Long Research Project B.
Enrollment in the subject is contingent on the availability of a supervisor and approval of the proposed project by the Subject Coordinator. A suitable supervisor may not be available in any given semester. Students wishing to be considered for this subject must complete a Research Project Approval form and submit it to the Academic Support Officer in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Science email@example.com. This form must be signed by the relevant supervisor.
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Master of Forest Ecosystem Science