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MB5021 - Special Topic 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

Available to postgraduate students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science and Master of Development Practice and to undergraduates under special circumstances, subject to approval by Head of School.

Independent study and/or research devoted to a topic not covered in the coursework relevant to the Schools postgraduate program. The subject and assessment will be developed in consultation with, and supervised by, a member of staff of the School of Marine & Tropical Biology, with approval from the Head of School or nominee.

Learning Outcomes

  • acquire proficiency in literature evaluation and/or data collection and analysis;
  • develop skills in preparing and presenting written technical reports and/or oral presentations;
  • develop the practical skills required for carrying out a research project;
  • enhance knowledge and understanding of a specified area of biology;
  • gain experience in problem-solving and scientific decision-making.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • 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 reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to conduct their research in an ethical manner.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Naomi Gardiner, Empro Bette Willis
Assessment: report to be assessed by 2 independent markers.

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Naomi Gardiner, Empro Bette Willis
Assessment: report to be assessed by 2 independent markers.

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.