Enrolling in the unit
Students need to find a supervisor and agree on a potential project before you will be allowed to enrol. After you have a supervisor the student must submit a waver request via ask.mq.edu.au. Feel free to contact the convenor or an academic advisor if you would like help finding a supervisor.
Delivery of the unit
Apart from introductory and final classes/information sessions with the Unit Convenor, there are no formal classes for this unit. Students are to arrange their laboratory or fieldwork hours directly with their nominated academic supervisor.
Teaching and learning strategy
Projects will be developed under the supervision of a nominated academic supervisor. The assessments in this unit are designed to provide you with skills that are applicable across broad scientific disciplines. The focus in the early part of semester will be on workplace safety, experimental skills and developing a research proposal. All of these are skills required for independent research. Throughout the semester you will also be expected to develop skills and gain knowledge specific to your project area.
There are no centrally allocated required readings for this unit. However, your supervisor will recommend journal articles pertinent to your research project. It is expected that you will read widely within your chosen research area, both for your own interest and in order to prepare your scientific paper.
Unit web page
Information and updates regarding the unit will be placed on the unit iLearn page. Please log in on a regular basis.
To access the online unit, go to https://iLearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/ and type in your Macquarie OneID Username and password.
New to iLearn? You can find out more at: http://www.mq.edu.au/iLearn/student_info/
Experiencing difficulties? Visit: http://informatics.mq.edu.au/help/
Announcements: General announcements from the Convenor or other teaching staff will be communicated using iLearn.
Discussion board: In order to discuss issues of relevance to all students with the teaching staff, please use the Discussion Board feature of iLearn. The chances are that if you are confused about something in the unit, so are your peers, so it will be useful to share your questions with all.
Email: For matters of a more personal nature, and that do not concern other students (i.e. requests for extensions etc), you should contact the Unit Convener by email. Contact details are provided at the start of this document.