This topic will provide students with practical experience and training in the design, execution and presentation of a research project in a chosen field of science. Students, working individually will choose a research project and, in consultation with academic staff, formulate a key question, design experiments to address this question, carry out the experiment(s), analyse the data and prepare a written report in the form of a journal paper. The projects that are offered will depend on the individual research labs willing to host projects.
The topic will train students in research practices involving identification of important research questions, sound framing of these questions in terms that allow them to be addressed via experimentation, experimental design, execution of experiments, analysis of resulting data, and presentation of results via spoken and written reports. The topic will provide students with training that allows them to both conduct well-designed research as well as critically assess research by others. Students will also learn how to present research results in a variety of forms.