- Class Number 6587
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr David Heslop
- AsPr David Heslop
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
In this course, students will apply concepts explored within the Research Methods (EMSC8017) course to develop a written Research Proposal for their Research Project (EMSC8030), in conjunction with their nominated supervisor. As a part of this proposal, students will critically review relevant literature and contextualize their research aims and methods. Finally, they will summarize their research plans to a peer audience, via an oral presentation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Synthesize and critically evaluate peer-reviewed literature relevant to their research project topic.
- Integrate relevant theory and evidence in a logical way and draw appropriate conclusions.
- Critically evaluate the research methods used in the literature cited.
- Develop research questions and critical thinking, building on the literature relevant to their topic.
- Integrate diverse methods and theories to develop and design their own Earth Sciences research project and contextualize their research aims and methods.
- Communicate these ideas, both orally and in writing, to both a peer audience and a non-specialist audience.
The course involves the development of an independent research project.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||See course wattle site for details|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Literature Review||30 %||20/09/2021||27/09/2021||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Research Proposal||40 %||29/10/2021||12/11/2021||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Research Presentation||30 %||03/11/2021||12/11/2021||1,2,3,4,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
In research writing, you need to demonstrate how your research makes a contribution to knowledge in your academic field. Writing a literature review is an important step in this process. The literature review is a survey of the current state of knowledge on your topic or issue. It establishes what is known or not known and, therefore, where there are gaps in knowledge that your study could fill. In doing so, the literature review provides a rationale for your research in terms of what has gone before, and a justification of its value and significance. The literature review is therefore never just about the literature but where your study fits within the literature, justifying your central research question and the tools, techniques or methods by which you address your research question/s or aim/s. Your literature review will be assessed by your supervisor and the Masters program convenor. It can be a maximum of 10 pages and up to 2000 words (including figure captions but excluding references). To be submitted immediately after the mid-semester break. Further advice on literature reviews can be found here: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/learning-development/research-writing/literature-reviews.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
In addition to a literature review, students are expected to produce a research proposal demonstrating that they understand the process of scholarly inquiry, in particular, that 'good' research starts with the identification of an important problem or 'gap' in knowledge, which can be realistically addressed. A persuasive research proposal identifies a knowledge gap that must be filled, proposes a hypothesis and, subsequently, suggests a series of aims and objectives to be accomplished, using appropriate methods, that will address the hypothesis.
Various components of the Research Methods (EMSC8017) course have provided information on the stages involved in designing a research project, from understanding the purpose of a research proposal to what to consider when writing one. Further material, complementing what you have learnt, is available here:
Research proposals should be developed in line with current Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP) regulations, with detailed instructions here:
These instructions should be read, in detail. Students are expected to complete (tailored) versions of the following sections:
- Part A – Administrative Summary.
- Part B – Classifications and Other Statistical Information.
- Part C – Project Description.
- Part E/F – Project Cost & Budget Justification.
A template is provided here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1u8kzhol585d2vz/Proposal_Template.doc?dl=0. Part C, which is no more than 10 A4 pages long, must include a timeline/schedule for your entire project. It is also where you cover the background to your project (a summary – the separate literature review allows you to cover this in more depth), providing a rationale for your research in terms of what has gone before, a justification of its value and its significance.
The proposal will be assessed by your supervisor and the Masters program convenor. Assessors will use the following assessment criteria:
- Established relevance of the study.
- Demonstrated an understanding of the central concepts in the field of study.
- Integrated and synthesised information, with emphasis on important points and critical evaluation of the literature.
- Documented support for the approach or framework of the proposed study.
- Identified gaps in current knowledge.
- Clearly identified hypotheses to be tested and/or research question to be investigated.
- Provided plausible significance and outcomes for study.
- Well explained experimental design and/or appropriate methodology.
- Provided reasonable budget and realistic timeline.
- Accurate referencing and citations that follow content and format expectations for publication.
- Clear and logical presentation of text.
- Self-explanatory and appropriately referenced figures and tables.
- General writing style free of formatting, spelling and grammatical errors.
Detailed marking guidelines are on the course wattle site. We aim to return feedback on your Research Proposal approximately two weeks after you submit it.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
You will deliver a 20-minute oral presentation to a peer audience, which summarises: (i) the background, motivation and aims of your project; (ii) the hypotheses / research questions you will be testing; (iii) the methods you intend to use; and (iv) a timeline for the project. Assessment will consider your presentation skills, organisation and the general quality of the seminar. This seminar will provide your supervisors, personal tutors and members of the school with the opportunity to participate and provide constructive comments on your proposed research project.
Detailed guidelines for the assessment of presentations are provided below. Consistent with the Research Proposal, presentations will be assessed by your supervisor and the Masters program convenor.
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