BIOSCI 761 : MSc Thesis Proposal


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An extensive review of background material associated with the thesis topic, and a detailed outline of the proposed research and its significance. Students will also be required to present an overview of the proposal in a seminar.

Course Overview

BIOSCI 761 is taken by all PGDipSci students who intend to take the MSc thesis course BIOSCI 796. At the completion of this course you should have acquired both generic research skills (through participation in group activities and workshops) as well as a detailed understanding of your chosen research topic. Classes consist of workshops, associated writing assignments, presentation of a seminar describing the proposed research and a final thesis proposal explaining the purpose and significance of the proposed MSc research project, as well as describing the experimental plan.

Course Requirements

Restriction: BIOINF 761, ENVSCI 701, MEDSCI 701

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Define a current research problem (Capability 1)
  2. Research and communicate related academic literature (Capability 1)
  3. Analyse and evaluate current literature in chosen field (Capability 2)
  4. Develop, design and justify an experiment to address a current issue (Capability 2 and 3)
  5. Write a research proposal (Capability 4)
  6. Present and respond in an oral seminar on proposed research (Capability 4)
  7. Peer-review others' written work constructively (Capability 4)
  8. Work collaboratively and individually to develop a project under the guidance of a supervisor, complying with academic integrity. (Capability 5)
  9. Recognise and reflect upon the implications of proposed research for the wider community (Capability 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework 10% Individual Coursework
Presentation 20% Individual Coursework
Essay 70% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Learning Resources

A confirmed supervisor
Access to Canvas
Access to library and learning services

Special Requirements

Full-day attendance at the seminar day which takes place during the semester break.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect  a 1 hour tutorial, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 6 hours of work on assignments and seminar presentations.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Class workshops are NOT recorded, but resources will be posted on Canvas.
Students intending to study remotely will require special permission from their supervisor(s) at the time of enrolment into this course. 


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 09/08/2020 11:38 a.m.