Biology Honours 4110
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1, Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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
On 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
Within 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.
A major in the appropriate sub-discipline with a credit point average at 3000 level.
Modes of Delivery
Self Directed Learning
Self 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