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MSC8004 Industry Based Research Practice II

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Indstry Based Rsrch Prac II
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020199 - Computer Science not elsewhere
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 February 2020

Staffing

Examiner: Yan Li

Requisites

Pre-requisite: MSC8003

Rationale

This course is designed to enable students to draw on their industrial experience to develop their research capability and prepare students for both research and professional career. This course, in conjunction with MSC8003 Industry Based Research Practice I, enables students to demonstrate their learning and ability to integrate theory and work place experience in their areas of specialization.

Synopsis

This course forms the second part of the professional research component of the Master of Science program in the Faculty, being first developed in MSC8003. Industry engaged project allows students to learn through engagement with industry and community partners in an authentic activity that provides a context for integrating knowledge and skills. Students will develop a project in consultation with the academic staff and engage in discussion with their supervisors throughout the course to develop innovative solutions that they can incorporate in their project work.

Students are required to demonstrate evidence of the development of professional skills and knowledge to make connections between their experiences and the theoretical perspectives and research findings published in the literature.

Students will compile evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes either through the submission of a project report. Students are also required to submit a reflective journal that summarises their learning experience from the project work. The exact form of evidence in submission will be guided by the supervisor and will depend on the type of activities the student undertakes with industrial engagement.

Objectives

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

  1. Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories
  2. Plan and execute independent research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice with professional ethics
  3. Communicate knowledge, skills and ideas, conclusions and professional decisions appropriately to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  4. Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
  5. Critically reflect on workplace cultures, expectations and behaviours and how context impacts established theories and concepts.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Industry Based Research Project:
To be determined by the student in consultation with his/her supervisor
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=2020&sem=02&subject1=MSC8004)

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

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Chambers JM, Becker RA 1983, Graphical methods for data analysis, Wadsworth, Belmont CA.
Davis M, Davis KJ, and Dunagan M 2012, Scientific Papers and Presentations, 3rd edn, Academic Press.
Highham NJ 1998, Handbook of writing for the mathematical sciences, 2nd edn, Siam, Philadelphia.
Jaeger RM 1990, Statistics: A spectator sport, 2nd edn, Sage, Newbury Park CA.
Sharon T 2012, It's Our Research - Getting Stakeholder Buy-in for User Experience Research Projects, Morgan Kaufmann.
Tufte ER 2001, The visual display of quantitative information, 2nd edn, Graphics Press, Cheshire, Conn.
Zobel J 2014, Writing for computer science, 3rd edn, Springer, London.
Strunk W (Jr) 2000, The elements of Style, 4th ed WP Humphrey,
<http://www.bartleby.com/141/>.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 80.00
Consultation 15.00
Private Study 245.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
REFLECTIVE JOURNAL PART 2 100 30 28 Aug 2020
PROJECT REPORT PART 2 100 70 23 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  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:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course. There will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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.

Other requirements

  1. It is the student's responsibility to firstly find an industrial work place for the industry based research practice project courses (MSC8003 and MSC8004), and secondly approach a staff member as the student’s Supervisor to discuss a mutually agreed project topic. Students can take alternative research project courses of MSC8001 and MSC8002, which don’t require an industry based project.

  2. Normally a student's work in an industry based project, their reflective journals and project reports are subject to the regulations and policies in the industry institution. In consulting with the supervisor and the course examiner, it is the student’s responsibility to be familiarised with those, and negotiate an agreement as early as possible if necessary. The agreement should be consistent with University policies.

  3. Normally, a student and the Supervisor will meet or confer for one hour each week. The Supervisor will: guide direction; provide formative feedback; suggest possibilities; teach methods; advise on balance and emphasis; review timelines; recommend marks to the Examiner for the Project Proposal, Reflective Journal and Project Report.

Date printed 27 February 2020