Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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 the developing and delivery of a seminar, presenting the major research findings made by the student. The course includes submission of a completed thesis.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


Supervision 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.


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

BIOL4110 and BIOL4120

Assessment items

Presentation: Oral Thesis Presentation and defence

Viva Voce: Viva voce

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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.