SCM5100 - MSc Prelim research project - 2017

36 points, SCA Band 2, 0.750 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Professor Gary Dykes

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Full year 2017 (Day)


Students will undertake a supervised research project. Students will carry out a research project and present the results of their study in both written and oral form. Information about research projects will be available from the course coordinator towards the end of the preceding semester.


On completion of the unit, students will have demonstrated a high-level of understanding of the key theoretical and practical aspects of their chosen discipline, including to:

  1. be able to critically review the scientific literature in their specialist area of study;
  2. understand the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a relevant research project;
  3. be able to complete and analyse a set of laboratory-based, computer-based, field-based, theoretical or other appropriate studies;
  4. be proficient in data acquisition, critical analysis of results, appropriate presentation, and scientific word processing;
  5. demonstrate communication skills in both oral and written presentations to both a specialist and a non-specialist scientific audience, including the ability to write and present scientific work in a potentially publishable way;
  6. have acquired a range of advanced technical skills appropriate to their area of study;
  7. have demonstrated the capability to perform a variety of scientific procedures and techniques that are essential to the satisfactory completion and reporting of a research project;
  8. have acquired, where appropriate, sound knowledge of OHSE regulations, including hazardous and dangerous materials and risk assessments;
  9. have developed, where appropriate, an awareness of the ethical approval processes required when working with humans or animals;
  10. have demonstrated potential to pursue higher studies and learning in their area of study;
  11. have gained insight into the breadth and diversity of their discipline and its place within the broader scope of science.


Assessment will include a written thesis and oral presentation and/or oral defence. Final assessment methods and weightings will be advised by the unit coordinator prior to commencement.

Workload requirements

Full year

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Chief examiner(s)


Completion of the requirements for levels one to three of the Bachelor of Science and entry into Master of Science Preliminary