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.

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 2 - 2019

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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.

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Previous Feedback

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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: 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
Multiple date options and early and late times given to students and the greatest sign up. I also ran additional times and doubled up on a couple of tutorials, but uptake was still low. Students that did attend said that they found them valuable - but did not complete the unit evaluation.
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
Markers were arranged well in advance and given a two week window for return of marks which all markers did.
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
None
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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