AGRI11004 - Research in Agriculture

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces the concept of critical thinking and research methodologies, extending the VET unit 'Manage a trial and/or research material'. Through your own supervised research activity, you will learn how to develop a research framework and apply critical thinking to solve complex problems.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: SCIE11023 Science Communication

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 60%
2. Portfolio 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Students' feedback
Feedback
Learn more about data analysis.
Recommendation
More exercises focusing on data analysis will be implemented next year.
Action Taken
Tutorial help sessions for data analysis were scheduled to ensure students were comfortable with the data analysis. Links to educational videos were provided.
Source: Moodle Have Your Say
Feedback
Assessment requirements difficult to understand
Recommendation
The new Unit Coordinator will work with a mentor to improve the clarity of the assessment requirements
Action Taken
Assessment help sessions were scheduled to ensure students understand the requirements. Pre-recorded videos were also prepared to explain tasks with further details to students. The individual students were further mentored when contacted via email.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Data analysis is challenging
Recommendation
Help sessions for data analysis will be scheduled.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student survey (Moodle site)
Feedback
The course lecturers are very approachable and easy to work with which helps with learning
Recommendation
The future unit coordinators will continue helping students in a timely manner.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student survey (Moodle site)
Feedback
The assessments are clearly explained and any help needed is given
Recommendation
The future unit coordinators will continue providing detailed information for the assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Select appropriate data to answer a research question.
  2. Formulate a research hypothesis.
  3. Frame research questions based on existing theory.
  4. Manage a research project.
  5. Prepare a research report summarising the key findings of a research activity.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio