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complete and exact. The bibliography should conform to the style of an appropriate scientific journal (e.g. a CSIRO journal) and a word count must appear at the end of the work.

Literature Review

Two copies of a literature review of 3,000 words must be submitted on the last day

of the should should

first semester of the research project.

For most full-time students, this

be at relate

the end of the first to the topic of the

semester of their degree. research project and be of

The literature review sufficient breadth to

place it in the context students with guidance

of by

current knowledge in the field.

Supervisors provide

advising

on

the

structure

and

format

of

the

literature

review drafts.

and by reading and making suggested improvements on a maximum of two For a supervisor's comments to be useful they must receive the first draft of

the literature review no later than week 8 of semester. The literature include a table of contents and all pages should be numbered.

review

must

Seminar

All Masters Students will present their research findings to the department at a seminar that will take place in the final semester of their research project. The seminar should present the objectives, methods, findings and significance of the

research. The seminar will be and 25 minutes for students

40 minutes completing

for students completing the

the

minor

project.

These

time for questions from the audience. The supervisor(s) but not more than two, practice runs of the seminar.

should

hear

major project times include at least one,

Research Plan and Thesis

Two copies of a research plan for the thesis must be submitted four weeks into the first semester of the research project. For most full-time students, this should be during the first semester of their degree. The research plan should be 2-3 typed pages (single-spaced) and include:

a short title; 1-2 paragraphs of background to the project; the specific aim or hypothesis to be tested; a brief project outline that includes the method(s) of analysis to be used; an indication as to the availability of any specialised equipment or biological material that is required or access to experimental sites; the adequacy of supervision (particularly where outside supervisors are involved); a timeline for completion of the work; and a title for the literature review.

After the plan panel will be written plan is

has been received, a review meeting with the student’s examination

arranged

(see

below).

While

the

plan

is

not

assessed,

creating

a

an essential part of any research project, as it

ensures

that the thesis

statement or research question has been agreement between the supervisor(s) and successful completion.

properly student

formulated

and that there

is

as to what

is required for

a

Two copies of a research thesis must be submitted on the final day of the last

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