MARS5507: Marine Research Project A

Credit points: 12
Coordinator: Dr Eleanor Bruce
Session: Semester 1 & 2
Classes: Supervised research
Assessments: Research proposal 10%, Research seminar 10%, Thesis 80%
Campus: Camperdown
Delivery Mode: Face-to-face teaching

This unit enables students who have completed earlier coursework to design and undertake a research project related to a marine science and/or management topic under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff. The unit is suitable for students who wish to learn how to undertake and complete an original research project, as well as students from industry and government organizations who wish to undertake a project that relates to their professional environment.

The research topic should be arranged between the student and supervisor and must have a coastal or marine science and/or management focus. Potential topics range from modelling coastal impacts of predicted sea level rise, equilibrium shoreline profiles and reef microborer responses to environmental variables. The project topic may involve a field or lab component, or may be entirely literature-based. The project question and research design must be structured to be completed within one fulltime semester or two part-time semesters of study, including the literature review, field work, data analysis and report writing. MARS5505 does not involve formal contact hours but students are required to work on the project in a continuous manner for the entire duration of the semester in which they are enrolled.