Project I

20 Units

This unit allows students to undertake a research project prepared for in prior or parallel study in BIOL6940. Students, under the direction of a member of academic staff, will spend a half-semester (or equivalent part-time) on project establishment and initiation. The project will be designed to produce viable results within the timescale of the project, but (because it is a research project) the amount and level of results will only evolve during the actual study. Approximately 40% of the time will be devoted to a review of the known scientific literature of the selected field, approximately 40% to method development and/or instrument establishment and approximately 20% to the attainment of experimental results. A typed literature review of a size defined below will be required.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Occupational Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. be expected to have developed knowledge of the techniques of establishing research in their chosen field which will permit them to pursue research and development projects as an effective member of a research team.

  2. have developed analytical and practical skills necessary in the performance of research experiments at an advanced level, and in the later interpretation of experimental results. The student will also develop skills in reviewing scientific literature and scientific reporting.


TOPICS This is a research project on a single topic selected by the student with the advice of a supervisor and research committee.

REQUIRED TEXTS The student will need to consult specific scientific textbooks and literature articles, as advised by the supervisor or project supervision committee, but there are no formal textbooks required.

RECOMMENDED AND REFERENCE MATERIAL The student will need to consult widely in the scientific literature, as advised by the supervisor or project supervision committee.

Assumed Knowledge BIOL6940 (advisory)
Assessment Items
  • Other: (please specify) - Assessment will be based on critical reading of the project literature review (including list of references), a report and oral presentation.
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Requirements
  • Compulsory Course Component WHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for BIOL6950
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