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Preparation of a thesis proposal/preliminary thesis research. Normally taken by students in the papers year for a Master’s degree by papers and thesis.
The aim of this paper is to give the MSc student the skills needed to conduct research in their fifth year. This is a self-directed paper in which the student will prepare for their MSc thesis year.
|Paper title||Master's Thesis Preparation|
|Teaching period||Full Year|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,809.62|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$12,633.40|
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- Paper Structure
One Journal Club presentation of a published article in first semester (5% of mark)
Attendance and participation (asking of questions) at Seminars and Journal Clubs (5% of mark)
Requirements specific to the student's research project:
One Literature Review (30% of mark)
Lab-based research and formal write-up (mini thesis) (50% of mark)
One presentation of lab work in second semester (10% of mark)
- Teaching Arrangements
Journal Clubs and Seminars in the Department
Journal Club is held on Tuesdays 1-2 pm and is a forum for postgraduate students to present their research and discuss relevant research articles.
Departmental Seminars are held on Thursdays 1-2 pm in most weeks of the semester.
Attendance at Journal Club and Departmental Seminars is MANDATORY for ALL PHAL 495 students and is recorded. If you are not able to attend a session, you must contact the course co-ordinator in advance or you will lose part of the attendance mark.
- Textbooks are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- In the paper the student will gain skills in:
- Oral scientific presentation
- Laboratory research skills
- Researching the literature
- Formal scientific writing