1 x 9-day intensive workshop per semester
1 108 units of topics
2 Admission into BSCHAB-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Animal Behaviour)
2a Admission into BSCHAQ-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Aquaculture)
2b Admission into BSCHBD-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Biodiversity and Conservation)
2c Admission into BSCHMN-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Marine Biology)
2d Admission into BSCHMNAQ-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Marine Biology and Aquaculture)
2e Admission into BSCHFS-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Forensic and Analytical Science)
2f Admission into BSCHCT-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Clean Technology)
2g Admission into BSCH-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Enhanced Program for High Achievers)
3 Admission into BSCHWS-Bachelor of Science (Honours)
4 108 units of topics
5 Admission into BSC-MCRB-Microbiology
5a Admission into BSC-MCBL-Molecular Biology
5b Admission into BSC-BIOL-EX-Biological Sciences
5c Admission into BSC-BIOL-Biological Sciences
5d Admission into BSC-EBEV-Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution
5e Admission into BSC-BINF-EX-Bioinformatics
5f Admission into BSC-BLCM-EX-Biological Chemistry
5g Admission into BSC-MBMB-EX-Molecular Biosciences & Microbiology
5h Admission into BSC-MBSC-Molecular Biosciences
5i Admission into BSC-EEOB-Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
5j Admission into BSC-BTEC-Biotechnology
6 Admission into HBSC-Bachelor of Science (Honours)
6a Admission into HBA-Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
6b Admission into HBBSC-Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours)
6c Admission into HBSCAB-Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) (Honours)
6d Admission into HBSCMN-Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) (Honours)
Must Satisfy: ((1 and (2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d or 2e or 2f or 2g)) or (3 and 4 and (5 or 5a or 5b or 5c or 5d or 5e or 5f or 5g or 5h or 5i or 5j)) or ((6 or 6a or 6b or 6c or 6d)))
Enrolment not permitted
BIOL4720 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Advanced Knowledge in Biological Sciences.
Topic description
The topic aims to instruct students in the basic skills required for writing a grant application. Students generate a literature review of a current topic of interest in biological sciences, under guidance from the topic convenor and their supervisor. The subject area of the literature review would be in the general field of investigation the students are working in (eg Marine Biology for Marine Biology students) but would not be a defacto introduction to the student's thesis. Then students will use their literature review to generate a focussed research proposal for scientific research in biological sciences. Students will work through examples of good and bad proposals, and be shown how to improve a proposal from mediocre to competitive under the guidance of the topic convenor.
Educational aims
To provide research training for students involved in Biology Honours degrees, by developing their skills in

  1. Reviewing the literature in particular areas of biological sciences and identifying some of the important scientific questions which have been raised and those which are suggested by a review of the literature
  2. The production of a competitive Research Proposal
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Search databases in order to identify relevant literature in particular areas
  2. Generate a coherent review of such literature
  3. Identify scientific questions already raised and those suggested from the review which are yet to be answered
  4. Generate a Research Proposal which could potentially be submitted to a granting agency