Biology Honours 4110

Course code BIOL4110Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course introduces the objectives of the honours program in Biological Sciences, which is designed to develop students who possess the skills required for research and other career pathways. This course enhances skills and capacities in reading and literature reviewing, critical reasoning and argument, essay writing and verbal communication, and understanding and identifying appropriate application of data collection techniques. Depending upon the project selected each student will be assigned to one of the research groupings within the discipline (Plant Sciences, Reproductive Biology, Wildlife Biology and Management, Drug Design and Discovery, and Molecular Structure and Detection). Each research group conducts a series of workshops/meetings aimed at developing in students a sound knowledge of the research techniques and methodologies that are utilised in their research area. This workshop component runs through both semesters.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will appreciate the objectives of the honours program, such as:

1. a highly developed capacity to read, understand and evaluate a large body of academic and professional literature
2. higher order thinking skills involving the identification of research problems, selection of research techniques, evaluation of a variety of data forms, critical analysis and appropriate policy advice
3. mastery of specific data collection techniques
4. the capacity to devise and employ effective and creative strategies in problem solving.
5. the ability to communicate effectively both in written and oral form using a variety of appropriate styles
ContentWithin the first four weeks of semester one, students will attend presentations that will introduce them to:

1. The various legislative requirements that must be met before a research project may be initiated (Occupational Health and Safety, Animal Ethics and Human Ethics).
2. Project management skills

This course outlines the main component of the honours program, this being an original research project conducted under the close supervision of an academic staff member. Together with the workshop program, this will allow the student to generate a thesis that demonstrates their capacity for effective data collection, processing, analysis and interpretation.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeA major in the appropriate sub-discipline with a credit point average at 3000 level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Seminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Other: (please specify)Oral presentation and discussion
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours) and the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) programs.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for BIOL4110