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AQ5062 - Aquaculture: Minor Project, Seminar and Proposal (Part 1 of 2)

Credit points: 6
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Subject chain: AQ5062 AQ5063
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

Available to postgraduate students enrolled in the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, who are approved to complete the research option. Subjects in a chain must be studied in consecutive teaching periods.

Candidates will design and conduct a small discrete project. For example, candidates may trial and evaluate an experimental technique, collect data to evaluate a sampling program, or collect data on samples that form part of a larger project or as a pilot study for MSc research. The topic will be selected after consultation with the appropriate supervisor(s) and the Course Coordinator. Candidates will be required to write up the results of their research in the form of a scientific paper. In addition the candidate will write a formal research proposal in the form of a standard application for research funding and to give a 20 minute seminar to other students and members of the research team. Both the reports and the seminar should include critical appraisal of the objectives, methodology, results and future directions of the project.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop a critical and rigorous approach to framing and addressing research questions;
  • develop skills required for independent research, especially with respect to sampling design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation relevant to the field of research;
  • gain an understanding of methodological and analytical approaches relevant to the field of research;
  • gain experience in the conduct of research in a field relevant to Marine and Tropical Biology.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (eg marine biology, biology or aquaculture) or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study or industry experience. They should have an excellent understanding of science subjects including basic biology, chemistry, aquaculture and statistics.

Availabilities

As this subject is part of a subject chain, a final standard grade (e.g. P, C) will only be recorded for each subject after successful completion of all parts of the subject chain.

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Dr Naomi Gardiner.
Assessment: presentations (10%); minor project assessed by 2 independent markers (80%); proposal assessed by 2 independent markers (10%).

Townsville, Study Period 1, Limited
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Face to face teaching (Consult School for on-campus attendance requirements)
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Dr Naomi Gardiner.
Assessment: presentations (10%); minor project assessed by 2 independent markers (80%); proposal assessed by 2 independent markers (10%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Dr Naomi Gardiner.
Assessment: presentations (10%); minor project assessed by two independent markers (80%); proposal assessed by two independent markers (10%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Face to face teaching (Consult School for on-campus attendance requirements)
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Dr Naomi Gardiner.
Assessment: presentations (10%); minor project assessed by 2 independent markers (80%); proposal assessed by 2 independent markers (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.