University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

SCIENCE 2300 - Principles & Practice of Research (Advanced) II

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 8 hours per week
Restriction: Available to BSc (Advanced) students only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: No
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Discovery Experience – Working: Yes
Assessment: Writing tasks, oral presentation

Science 2300 is intended to expose students to the university research environment and familiarise them with the practice of research, including the experimental and theoretical paradigms of specific scientific disciplines. The course builds on the principles of scientific research introduced in Science 1100. Students will be immersed into contemporary programs of research through engagement with a number of different academic researchers, each of whom will present a current problem or project from their own research. Students will read and analyse current scientific literature, and will develop insights into the practise of scientific investigation though tutorials and written critical reviews. In addition, students will choose an academic mentor, who will supervise the exploration of a specific scientific research topic. Through a series of individual mentor meetings, students will develop a talk on their research subject, to be delivered at an end-of-semester symposium. These engaging 'research attachments' enhance a student's understanding of scientific methods and critical thinking. Students will emerge with a clearer understanding of the roles various people play in scientific discovery and some of the career paths a degree in science can make possible.

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Commonwealth supported
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Postgraduate Coursework
Non Award

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 14/03/2023 Thu 23/03/2023 Fri 05/05/2023 Fri 09/06/2023

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
15058 SE01 80 39 27 Feb - 6 Mar Monday 4pm - 6pm Mawson, 134, Sprigg Room
20 Mar - 3 Apr Monday 4pm - 6pm Mawson, 134, Sprigg Room
24 Apr - 5 Jun Monday 4pm - 6pm Mawson, 134, Sprigg Room
Note: Prior to enrolling in SCIENCE 2300 students must have completed 2 Semesters (24 units) of University courses. SCIENCE 2300 PPR2 is only available for students in their second year of University (so students starting in February can enrol in PPR2 in Semester 1 or Semester 2 of the following year, students who start mid-year should enrol in Semester 2 of the next calendar year or semester 1 of the calendar year after that).