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MEDI7000 – Research Communications

2020 – Session 2, Special circumstance

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group learning activities on campus for the second half-year, while keeping an online version available for those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face to face activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Jennifer Rowland
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit aims to equip you with skills to communicate academic research effectively, and with a heightened appreciation of the relationship between research communications and disciplinary knowledge creation. You will analyse, critique and practise academic communication conventions from different research genres in a variety of modes (written, oral and visual), across disciplines. You will develop communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of research concepts to a variety of audiences.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Demonstrate a range of communication styles required as an active academic research professional
  • ULO2: Effectively utilise written, oral, and visual communications to disseminate research.
  • ULO3: Explain the structure and style of various types of research communications.
  • ULO4: Identify different approaches taken to present your data and communicate your research.

General Assessment Information

Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading are contained in Schedule 1 of the Macquarie University Assessment Policy, which is available at: https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strat egy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/assessment.

Further details for each assessment task will be available on iLearn.

All final grades in the Masters of Research are determined by a grading committee and are not the sole responsibility of the Unit Convenor.

Students will be awarded a final grade plus a Standardised Numerical Grade (SNG). The SNG is not necessarily a summation of the individual assessment components. The final grade and SNG that are awarded reflect the corresponding grade descriptor in the Grading Policy.

To pass this unit, students must demonstrate sufficient evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes, attempt all assessment tasks, meet any ungraded requirements including professionalism and achieve an SNG of 50 or better.

Student Professionalism

In the Faculty of Medicine, Health, and Human Sciences, professionalism is a key capability embedded in all our courses. As part of developing professionalism, students are expected to attend all small group interactive sessions including tutorials, as well as complete online and laboratory-based practical sessions.

Furthermore, lectures and seminars are key learning activities that you are expected to attend throughout the Master of Research program. While audio recordings and lecture slides may be made available following these large group sessions, it is important to recognise that such resources are a study aid - and should not be considered an alternative to lecture or seminar attendance.

Students who do not maintain adequate attendance (greater than or equal to 80% of scheduled classes) may be deemed unable to meet expectations regarding professionalism and may be referred for disciplinary action (which may include exclusion from assessments and unit failure).

Similarly, as part of developing professionalism, students are expected to submit all work by the due date. Applications for assessment task extensions must be supported by appropriate evidence and submitted via ask.mq.edu.au. For further details please refer to the Special Consideration Policy available at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-con sideration

Submission of assignments

All written assignments are to be submitted in Turnitin. The marking rubric is contained within the Turnitin submission system. Instructions on submitting assignments and how to access marks and feedback through Turnitin are available through this link: Turnitin.

Late Submission

All assignments that are officially received after the due date, and where no extension or special consideration has been granted, will incur a deduction of 5% per day, including weekends and public holidays and the actual day received. This will continue up until 10 days after due date, after which the assignment will not be accepted. For example:

Due date

Received

Days late

Deduction

Raw mark

Final mark

Friday 14th

Monday 17th

3

15%

75%

60%

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Protocol for Systematic Review 15% No Week 9
Research Pitch 25% No Week 6
Comparative analysis of journal articles 15% No Week 3
Oral Presentation critical review and practice 45% No Week 13

Protocol for Systematic Review

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 9
Weighting: 15%

Students will follow steps of systematic review preparation and reporting in order to prepare a protocol for a systematic review using the PRISMA-P Elaboration and Explanation Document.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a range of communication styles required as an active academic research professional
  • Effectively utilise written, oral, and visual communications to disseminate research.
  • Explain the structure and style of various types of research communications.
  • Identify different approaches taken to present your data and communicate your research.

Research Pitch

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 25%

Written lay presentation of a research project.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Effectively utilise written, oral, and visual communications to disseminate research.
  • Explain the structure and style of various types of research communications.
  • Identify different approaches taken to present your data and communicate your research.

Comparative analysis of journal articles

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 3
Weighting: 15%

Comparative analysis of journal article style and structure. Creation of style sheet.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a range of communication styles required as an active academic research professional
  • Effectively utilise written, oral, and visual communications to disseminate research.

Oral Presentation critical review and practice

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 45%

Review different oral presentations, compare and contrast their style/effectiveness. Present research in short talk or recorded presentation (online version of unit).


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Effectively utilise written, oral, and visual communications to disseminate research.
  • Explain the structure and style of various types of research communications.
  • Identify different approaches taken to present your data and communicate your research.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, this unit will be delivered asynchronous and online in session 2, 2020. Some sessions may be scheduled during the session for group or individual feedback via Zoom. 

Technology Used

Completion of online training and learning activities throughout the unit will require students to have access to a tablet, laptop or similar device. Students who do not own their own laptop computer may borrow one from the university library. Students will require access to a network-linked device that will allow writing/editing of written content, graphic development, PoiwerPoint, and video/sound capture to be able to complete this unit of study. 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.