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SCI4407 Complementary Studies A

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Complementary Studies A
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 019999 - Natural and Physical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Joanna Turner

Rationale

This course exists to satisfy need for flexibility within a program in order to cater for the widely varying interests and chosen specializations of students. Some students taking this course in the online mode, depending on their negotiated studies/assessment, may have attendance requirements.

Synopsis

This course provides the opportunity for a student to pursue an area of study which will complement the other studies in their program. Typically the course will consist of specialised investigations extending knowledge and skills in a certain area. The studies could involve, for example, a directed reading course, an extension to a project (where appropriate), or some other approved activity which would complement the student's studies. The area of study chosen will be assigned after consultation with the examiner and a staff member with expertise in the area concerned. To fulfil entry requirements into the course, students must provide the course examiner with a satisfactory study plan, endorsed by the appropriate staff member, by the end of week 1 of the semester in which they are taking the course.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and skills in the complementary study area.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. No specific topics can be listed as the content of the course may vary from student to student. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=01&subject1=SCI4407)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

To be advised by the student's supervisor.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Private Study 150.00
Supervisor Consultation 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Approved Assessment Program 100 100 26 Feb 2019 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. The examiner will advise the details of the approved assessment program.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    The complementary study area chosen will be assigned after consultation with the examiner and the appropriate Program Coordinator. Students may be directed to a certain complementary study, or they may be asked to nominate an appropriate study. It is the student's responsibility to find a staff member willing to supervise their study. It is the student's responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Some students taking this course in the online mode, depending on their negotiated studies/assessment, may have attendance requirements.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To be advised when the student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    To be advised when the student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  6. Examination information:
    To be advised when the student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    To be advised when the student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The supervisor will advise the student and the course examiner of the details of the study and the assessment program in writing by the end of week 3 of the semester as in TOPICS above.

  2. Assessment for the course will also vary according to the nature of the study undertaken by each student. By the end of the third week of semester, the supervisor will provide the course examiner, for approval (i) an outline of the study (ii) the objectives of the study (iii) the format, timing and weighting of the assessment items for the study (iv) a statement about attendance requirements (v) requirements of students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily (vi) penalties for late submission of required work (vii) requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course (viii) the method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade (ix) examination information (xi) any other requirements deemed necessary by the examiner.

  3. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Other requirements

  1. Some students taking this course in the online mode, depending on their negotiated studies/assessment, may have attendance requirements.