|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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.
Eligibility and requirements
Recommended background knowledge
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
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
- Literature review of 4,000 words, towards end of first semester of this subject (hurdle);
- Two 20 minute oral presentations, due towards the end of the second and final semester of this subject (hurdle);
- A research report of up to 15,000 words, due towards the end of the final semester of this subject (100%).
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Peter Kitchener Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Distribution of time between specific tasks will be decided in negotiation with the supervisor, but an overall commitment of 10 hours per week (per 12.5 point loading) is expected. 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 1 contact information
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Peter Kitchener Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Distribution of time between specific tasks will be decided in negotiation with the supervisor, but an overall commitment of 10 hours per week (per 12.5 point loading) is expected. 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
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.