Biology Honours 4120

Course code BIOL4120Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course develops preliminary research skills in biological sciences. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member(s) who is also the students honours research supervisor. The course builds skills and competencies in research design including literature reviews, identification of research questions, methodological approaches, data collection and analysis, discussion and communication skills and preparation skills.

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 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. read, understand and evaluate a large body of academic and professional literature, and develop higher order thinking skills involving the identification of research problems, selection of research techniques, and critical analysis and evaluation of a variety of data forms.
Content1. Development of a Research Proposal, involving establishing aims and objectives of the thesis, methodology and research plan, and evidence of a timetable for completion.
2. The Research Proposal is also presented as a half-hour seminar, followed by questions and re-evaluation of thesis direction.
Replacing Course(s)NA
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
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Other: (please specify)Oral Presentation and discussion
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: 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.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOL4120