SCIEN301-19B (HAM)

Capstone Project

15 Points

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Paper Description

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Students complete an interdisciplinary group project on a topic of relevance to the scientific or wider community. Students should get in contact with the paper coordinator before enrolling in the paper. For this occurrence of the paper, the following Capstone Projects are available:

1. Chatham Island Field Trip: This Capstone Project mostly involves field work on Chatham Island from 15-22 August 2019. The project develops skills in preparing for, undertaking, and analysing the results of a field investigation, and involves a range of Earth Science sub-disciplines. Students are expected to work in teams to produce a multidisciplinary assessment of field sites. There will be an additional resource cost of up to $2750, depending on the number of participants.

2. Scientists in Schools: We’re looking for students who want to make a difference and inspire the next generation of budding scientists! You will work with a local primary school teacher to assist them in teaching a science topic during School Term 3 (22 July - 27 September). In most cases, you will spend half a day per week at a local primary school so you will need transport to get there and back on a regular basis. No prior teaching experience is needed, you just need to be organised, have a great attitude, and be willing to share your knowledge and love of science with some curious kids.

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Paper Structure

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Each Capstone Project is unique and is taught through a combination of tutorials, workshops, laboratories, and field trips, as appropriate. For details, please read the Supplementary Project Outline, which is available on the Moodle page for this paper.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Integrate and synthesise prior knowledge and learning from multiple areas into a single interdisciplinary project
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  • Work effectively in a team environment to complete a substantive project
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  • Effectively communicate scientific information using both written and non-written means
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All Capstone Projects are 100% internally assessed. However, there are different internal assessment items for each Capstone Project. Please read the Supplementary Project Outline for details about the specific assessment tasks for your project. This can be found on the Moodle page for this paper.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Capstone Project
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Other Resources

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Students will be expected to read from the primary literature to support their learning. In some cases, specific resources may be provided via Moodle, as appropriate.
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Online Support

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This paper will use Moodle forums to provide on-line learning support.
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All Capstone Projects require 150 learning hours to complete. In most cases, students will undertake approximately 50 contact hours, although this will vary depending on the nature of the Capstone Project.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: A minimum of 120 points in science.




Restricted papers: SCIE301, SCIE302, SCIEN303, SCIEN313, SCIEN314 and SCIEN371

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