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 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% 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: Personal communication from student supervisors.
Feedback
Supervisors were supportive of the unit content and use of ZOOM to deliver seminars.
Recommendation
Continue with relevant seminar-style content delivery.
Action Taken
Seminar-style content delivery has been continued.
Source: Email communication from students.
Feedback
Students were pleased with the rapid response to emails, including on weekends and evenings.
Recommendation
Continue with close monitoring of student contact.
Action Taken
Email contact from students and supervisors continues to be given high priority.
Source: Self-reflection.
Feedback
Be increasingly mindful of time to review the review of the literature and project proposal assessment items
Recommendation
Provide clear guidelines for markers regarding expected turnaround times for marks and feedback.
Action Taken
Guidelines regarding turnaround times for markers has been better articulated.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
There was much lower engagement with ZOOM drop in session compared to previous terms.
Recommendation
Consider multiple options for ZOOM sessions including evening sessions. Use student 'Choice' item in Moodle to offer suggestions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student and supervisor feedback
Feedback
Return of literature review and project proposal marks was not received in a timely manner.
Recommendation
Ensure markers are arranged well in advance for these assessment items; ensure they are sent to markers on time, and ensure markers are well aware of the need for timely return.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Discussions with HoC
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
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