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This subject provides students with the opportunity to design and conduct, under supervision, independent research in neuroscience. Specific research projects will depend upon the availability of appropriate expertise and resources. Students will take responsibility for a research project, including the design of field and/or laboratory experiments; collection, appropriate statistical analysis, and interpretation of data; and oral and written presentations of the results. The report describing the research will more closely resemble a scientific paper than a traditional thesis. Students will assimilate and critically evaluate new knowledge within a scientific paradigm and communicate that knowledge to others. Students will also develop skills in managing a scientific research project, writing scientific reports, providing and responding to peer reviews, and making an oral presentation.
Intended learning outcomes
The objectives of this subject are to provide students with skills in:
- conducting research in neuroscience;
- designing experiments;
- taking responsibility for managing a research project;
- preparing and giving an oral and written presentation of the results;
- expressing intellectual, scientific arguments;
- assimilating and critically evaluating existing knowledge within a scientific paradigm.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain skills in:
- articulating the breadth of knowledge gained in the discipline area;
- critical appraisal of draft documents;
- developing the ability to exercise critical judgement;
- expressing persuasive intellectual arguments;
- high level written report presentations;
- managing a research project;
- oral communication and presentation;
- rigorous and independent thinking; and
- time management and self-management skills.
Last updated: 2 December 2019