Project and Advanced Studies

Course code SCIT2500Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course is part of a merit pathway that provides extension material to encourage the development of advanced skills and enhance career progression. This is done through experiential learning supported by appropriate readings and career guidance that allows high achieving students to expand the theoretical knowledge and skills developed in their undergraduate program, and integrate these with real world skills and experience through undertaking a supervised practical project.

Students will be able to undertake their project in a variety of settings and direction is provided on-site by a project supervisor. Assessment is based on a project notebook and a poster presentation.

Students will need to complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Full information on this compulsory course component will be provided in the course outline provided by the School.

Admission to this course is based on merit and the number of places available may be restricted. Students should enquire through the Course Coordinator or Program Convenor.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. developed skills required for the workplace, including communication, ability to work independently and within a team;
2. developed experience in formulating, conducting and reporting on a scientific project;
3. developed experience in collecting, analysing and organising scientific information;
4. applied the knowledge gained in previous courses to a practical problem in science;
5. the ability to reflect critically upon what has been learnt theoretically within their program;
6. an appreciation of the skills required and opportunities available within a research career.
ContentTopics will include:

1. occupational health and safety and the preparation of risk assessments;
2. note-taking and record keeping in scientific research;
3. project design and implementation in collaboration with a supervisor;
4. development of project-related methodology and practical procedures;
5. application and development of research skills and critical thinking;
6. communication of results through poster presentations prepared in the conventional manner for scientific research.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSuccessful completion of at least 60 units at 1000 level, at a high level of achievement, at least Distinction grade average.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Individual Supervision
Student Projects
Assessment Items
JournalProject or Laboratory Notebook
Presentations - ClassPoster presentation to class
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Individual Supervision: for 80 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Seminar: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Merit Pathway in the Bachelor of Science or a combined degree with the Bachelor of Science.
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety Induction and Risk Assessment exercise.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SCIT2500