Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


  1. 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.


This 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.

Assumed knowledge

A major in the appropriate sub-discipline with a credit-point average at 3000 level.

Assessment items

Literature Review: Literature Review Oral thesis proposal seminar

Proposal / Plan: Written Research Plan

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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