SCIEN301-22B (HAM)

Capstone Project

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science


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Paper Description

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Student will undertake a group project lead by an academic staff member and involve engaging with people external to the university. The projects will be applied in nature and in the past have included projects such as gully restoration, river modelling for community groups, science in primary schools, and investigations at ecological reserves.

The projects provide students an opportunity to apply their science knowledge to practice that is of benefit for the community. Generally, there is little to no class-room contact time and the projects are applied ('doing') in nature.

Assessment varies depending on the project, but generally include an assessment item that involves reflection around developing as a professional and a final report or product that is provided to a client or community group.

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Paper Structure

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Student will undertake a group project, where available projects will vary each year. Students will be able to preference their choices of projects through the MyWIL platform. Notification will occur through the MyWIL platform for when it is time to 'preference' choices for projects. Please note, in the past most students were given their first preference, however, this cannot be guaranteed and will depend on the number of students preferencing a project and prerequisites requirements. If a student misses out on their first preference, the student will automatically be given their second preference. Some projects will have additional costs to the student, this will be clear prior to preferencing.

Students will work as groups on their projects, where the groups will be made up of science students undertaking a diverse range of science majors. Each project will have an academic staff member as a Project Lead. How the project work is undertaken will vary depending on the nature of the project, where some may have weekly scheduled contact time and laboratory work whilst others may have a block of contact time (e.g., a whole week during Teaching Recess).

The projects will require students to engage with people external to the university (e.g., a client, community groups, wider community) and likely involve time spent off-campus.

For more information about the projects, please refer to the MyWIL platform and details within. Projects will be available for viewing at least four weeks prior to commencing.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper 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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  • Bridge the gap between 'knowing' and 'doing' through applying prior knowledge to actual practice
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All Capstone Projects are 100% internally assessed. However, there are different internal assessment items for each Projects to reflect the nature of that Project. Please read the Supplementary Project Outline for details about the specific assessment tasks for your project on both the MyWIL platform and the paper Moodle page.

All assessment information will be made available on the paper Moodle page. No assessment item will be worth more than 35% of the total paper assessment. Generally, there is one assessment item that requires reflection on professional development and one assessment item that is a final report or product for an external client or community.

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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 90 points in science.




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

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