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This subject enables students to conduct an original research topic under supervision, as approved by an academic project supervisor. The work commitment over one consecutive semester will be equivalent to lecture and practical based subjects worth 50 points. The content and extent of the project will be determined by a project supervisor in consultation with the student and Subject Coordinator, where necessary. Students are strongly encouraged to initiate project ideas within existing networks or to identify a project topic of keen interest, through discussion with Faculty staff, 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. Compared to the Minor Research Project, the major project requires deeper and higher-level analysis. Following an initial workshop to establish subject expectations, deliverables and skill base requirements, projects will generally involve regular 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.
If you wish to complete the Major Research Project over 1 year please enrol in both AGRI90080 Major Research Project Part 1 AND AGRI90082 Major Research Project Part 2.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should have developed the ability to
- Undertake a major original research project as a capstone learning activity on a topic in a Faculty-supported disciplinary area
- Integrate and apply disciplinary knowledge and skills to an independently generated research question and investigation
- Analyse and synthesise salient features and important theoretical, methodological and empirical trends in published literature and data
- Present research findings in clear, concise and persuasive written and verbal forms
- 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
- Ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline
- Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research
Last updated: 10 November 2023