SCIH14001 - Honours Preparation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will allow you to start to develop your Honours research area, including the development of a relevant and appropriate topic of study. You will develop specific skills in the critical analysis of the literature, research design, and written and oral communication.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online
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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 0%
2. Written Assessment 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

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: Self-reflection
Feedback
Zoom tutorials were not recorded due to technical difficulties (now resolved) and having only one student present (requested not to record). However, useful discussions in the tutorials would have been beneficial to all students.
Recommendation
Students made aware that all sessions recorded unless they specifically opt out.
Action Taken
This year all sessions were recorded unless no students were present or students opted out of recording. This was successful, as one student was unable to attend the tutorials due to work commitments.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Low uptake on Zoom tutorial.
Recommendation
Given the small class numbers students offered the option to call at a convenient to chat through the topic of the Zoom.
Action Taken
Option given for additional tutorial sessions, but not taken up on. More regular attendance and involvement by students in this cohort, in zoom sessions.
Source: Self-reflection and discussion with HoC
Feedback
Few students took up the option to submit a draft. Doing so would have reduced the number of RO grades.
Recommendation
Higlight the value of submitting a draft to the student's early in the course and/or in the welcome message. Go through the criteria carefully in the zoom tutorials getting the students to consider what they need to do to meet each criteria. Contact the student's supervisors and make sure they are aware of the marking criteria when they are looking at drafts of the students work (in the event that they do not upload a draft to moodle). Produce a list of common mistakes that resulte in criteria not being met.
Action Taken
Three out of the 4 students took up the option of submitting a draft and benefited from the feedback. This contributed to a higher pass rate. Zoom session were used to fully explain the assessment criteria and how students could meet the criteria across the broad range of topics and disciplines undertaken by student in this course. Students are routinely encouraged to discuss these criteria with their supervisory team, and where any ambiguity on the part of the supervisors is evident, supervisors are encouraged to discuss in more detail, any assessment requirements, with the Unit Coordinator. This was felt important to put any feedback into context of the marking criteria. A FAQ document that could summarise common errors resulting in some criteria not being met has been considered, but not yet implemented. A limitation of this approach is the diversity of research topics undertaken by students. Any FAQ document would been to be generic and used in conjunction with discussions with students and supervisors as necessary.
Source: Self-reflection Staff feedback
Feedback
Understanding the background to each student's project would help to identify potential issues relevant to passing the unit.
Recommendation
Given the small class numbers students (<10) unit coordinator should discuss student's project with the supervisor before week 4. If student enrollments exceed 10 students, review this recommendation.
Action Taken
Information upfront on the students supervisory team should be available to the Unit Coordinator. This can be achieved by sharing the Memorandum of Understanding completed within the first week of SCIH14001, between the Head of Course and the relevant Unit Coordinator.
Source: Staff feedback
Feedback
Consider revision of the format of the assessment items to remove redundant or irrelevant material (e.g. FoR codes)
Recommendation
Revise the template for the Review of the Literature and Project Proposal to remove redundant or irrelevant material.
Action Taken
Ongoing.
Source: Students feedback via email
Feedback
Students were unable to join tutorials despite wanting to, due to work commitments.
Recommendation
It is recommended that alternate timings of tutorials are provided each week to cover key discussion points with all students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self-reflection and staff feedback
Feedback
Number of topic relevant second markers had not assessed the Honours unit before and were concerned about their preparedness to do so.
Recommendation
It is recommended that to avoid going through the process with new staff late in the unit, supervisors should nominate markers early in the term so the Unit Coordinator can discuss marking requirements early.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Search the literature utilising a wide range of library resources and online services
  2. Formulate and present a written proposal on a suitable research topic
  3. Demonstrate technical knowledge relevant to the topic
  4. Effectively communicate the background literature and proposed methodology relating to your chosen project to an educated non-specialist audience
  5. Undertake an oral presentation on the chosen topic.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment