Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course 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 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 (including but not limited to laboratory, field and desk-based investigations) and direction is provided on-site by a project supervisor. Assessment is based on a progress report, a research notebook, a final project report and an oral presentation. Students are expected to be highly self-motivated, proactive and maintain regular contact with their academic supervisor for project consultation and assistance. Admission to this course is based on merit and the number of places available may be restricted. Students should enquire through the Course Coordinator and/or Program Convenor for advice. To enrol in this course, students must obtain approval from the Course Coordinator in advance and request for a manual enrolment from the Course Coordinator.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Work independently and collaboratively within a team to bring a research project to satisfactory completion;

2. Formulate, conduct and report on a scientific project;

3. Collect, analyse and organise scientific information;

4. Apply knowledge gained in previous courses to a practical problem in science;

5. Critically reflect upon what has been learnt theoretically within their program;

6. Describe and reflect upon the array of skills required for a career in scientific research.


Topics will include:

  1.  Workplace health and safety and the preparation of risk assessments;
  2. Project design and implementation in collaboration with a supervisor;
  3. Development of project-related methodology and practical procedures;
  4. Application and development of research skills and critical thinking;
  5. Scientific writing for publication; and
  6. Communication of results through oral presentation.


Students must have successfully completed at least 140 units and have a cumulative GPA of at least 5.0.

Students must obtain permission from the Course Coordinator to enrol in this course.

This course replaces SCIT3500. Students who have successfully completed SCIT3500 cannot enrol in SCIE3500.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of 2000 and/or 3000 level courses relevant to the project topic.

Assessment items

Report: Progress Report

Presentation: Oral Presentation

Log / Workbook: Research Notebook

Report: Final Project Report

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - A minimum 80% compulsory attendance is required. In approved circumstances, reasonable adjustments are made for those students who cannot meet the 80% attendance requirement.
  • Individual Supervision: 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

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 80 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

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