Biology Honours 4220

Course code BIOL4220Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course develops a students skills and competencies in the development and communication of research findings. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is the student's honours research supervisor. The course operates in conjunction with BIOL4210 which is largely concerned with data collection and analysis. BIOL4220 involves discussion of research findings, their reconciliation with existing literatures and the development of written texts which form drafts of chapters for the student's honours research thesis. Further, the course involves developing and delivery of a seminar presenting the major research findings made by the student. The course includes submission of a completed thesis.

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 display the following skills and attributes:

1. Advanced competency in developing and communicating research findings in a 100 page thesis.
2. Capacity to structure and formulate arguments within a lengthy written text.
3. Capacity to communicate research findings involving very high analytical levels.
4. Capacity to communicate research findings that positions conclusions within a student's overall field of enquiry.
5. Capacity to verbally communicate these findings in the context of the overall field of enquiry.
6. Research skills necessary to undertake higher-level and post-graduate research and writing.
ContentSupervision of students in:
- Structuring a thesis text to communicate logically the outcomes of a student's research project
- Developing logical and coherent arguments and conclusions within a text that are adequately supported by appropriate evidence
- Use of techniques involving selection of multiple drafting, editing and use of appropriate analytical language to communicate findings to an academic audience
- Engagement in processes of relating specific findings to the overall concerns of biological sciences research
- Encouragement and support of students to achieve a high level of analytical competence and strongest opportunity to pursue further research and study.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBIOL4110 and BIOL4120
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsThesis submission
Other: (please specify)Oral presentation and discussion
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 18 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 BIOL4220