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TV5311 - Research and Dissertation

Credit points: 12
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available to Master of Tropical Veterinary Science and Master of Animal Sciences students.

The student carries out an extensive review of the world literature and pursues a program of original research on a selected topic. The literature review and results of the research project are incorporated into a dissertation. The goal of masters degree studies is to enable the student to undertake some measure of research on his/her own, but the research need not be original. The basic objectives for a Masters' degree are, firstly, that the student shall be able to plan, execute and write a research project, and secondly, that the candidate is capable of interpreting and discussing the findings.

Learning Outcomes

  • prepare a dissertation on the topic and discuss, compare and contrast the results obtained with those reported in the literature and draw appropriate conclusions and recommendations;
  • review scientific literature on a particular topic and devise a research program to answer questions raised on that topic;
  • plan and carry out a research project and analyse and interpret the results;
  • complete a scientific paper on the topic for submission to a refereed scientific journal;
  • communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Thesis/dissertation
  • Written > Journal article - (%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Complete a 12 credit dissertation (12, 000 to 15, 000 words), according to the university Honours Assessment and Postgraduate Coursework Awards Policy; Prepare a draft scientific article extracted from the contents of the dissertation according to an agreed journal format for submission to a refereed scientific journal; .Present the findings of your project as an oral presentation at a public forum.

Prerequisites: TV5320


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Coordinator: Professor Bruce Gummow
Lecturers: Professor Bruce Gummow, Dr Glen Walker.
Workload expectations:
  • 520 hours - as per subject outline

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Coord/Lect: Professor Bruce Gummow.
Workload expectations:
  • 520 hours - As per subject outline

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