1 x 8-hour seminar per semester
4 x 3-hour intensive workshops per semester
1 x 1-hour oral viva per semester
1 103.5 units of study
2 Admission into BSCHAB-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Animal Behaviour)
2a Admission into BSCHBD-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Biodiversity and Conservation)
2b Admission into BSCHCS-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Chemical Sciences)
2c Admission into BSCHCO-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Coasts and Oceans)
2d Admission into BSCHEAM-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Energy and Advanced Materials)
2e Admission into BSCHEN-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Environmental Science)
2f Admission into BSCHFS-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Forensic and Analytical Science)
2g Admission into BSCHGG-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Geography)
2h Admission into BSCHMN-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Marine Biology)
2i Admission into BSCHMNAQ-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Marine Biology and Aquaculture)
2j Admission into BSCHMLB-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Molecular Biosciences)
2k Admission into BSCHNN-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Nanotechnology)
2l Admission into BSCHPL-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Palaeontology)
2m Admission into BSCHPS-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Physics)
2n Admission into BCSCH-Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)
2o Admission into BCSSSGH-Bachelor of Computer Science (Simulation and Serious Games) (Honours)
2p Admission into BITH-Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
2q Admission into BITDMH-Bachelor of Information Technology (Digital Media) (Honours)
2r Admission into BITDHSH-Bachelor of Information Technology (Digital Health Systems) (Honours)
2s Admission into BITNCSH-B Information Technology (Network and Cybersecurity Systems) (Honours)
2t Admission into BITSSGH-Bachelor of Information Technology (Simulation and Serious Games) (Hons)
2u Admission into BSCHBT-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Biotechnology)
3 Admission into HBAGIS-Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems (Honours)
3a Admission into HBDTI-Bachelor of Design and Technology Innovation (Honours)
3b Admission into HBEM-Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours)
3c Admission into HBIT-Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
3d Admission into HBSC-Bachelor of Science (Honours)
4 108 units of study
5 Admission into BSCH-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Enhanced Program for High Achievers)
Must Satisfy: ((1 and (2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d or 2e or 2f or 2g or 2h or 2i or 2j or 2k or 2l or 2m or 2n or 2o or 2p or 2q or 2r or 2s or 2t or 2u)) or ((3 or 3a or 3b or 3c or 3d)) or (4 and 5))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of BIOL7730, CPES7701, ENVS7720 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Seminar
Topic description

This topic will introduce students to the principles of comprehensive research within STEM disciplines. The effective planning and communication of research practices will be the core of this topic. Students will develop skills to assist in the successful planning and completion of a research project, including the management of time, resources and supervisor meetings. The topic will discuss material covering research practices, planning, evaluating research publications, and presentation strategies for researchers.

Educational aims

This topic is intended to provide knowledge and skills required by researchers within STEM disciplines. This topic aims to provide students with:

  • The ability to plan a research project
  • Skills to formulate a research question/hypothesis/plan
  • An understanding of the process of developing a research project proposal
  • Strategies to select, evaluate, synthesise and discuss relevant literature
  • An understanding of the ethical considerations for research
  • Guidance on effective presentation of research information to a professional or academic audience
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Develop a research project design
  2. Critically review, evaluate and synthesis relevant literature
  3. Demonstrate understanding of research ethics
  4. Effectively communicate research information, both orally and in writing to a diverse yet interested and knowledgeable audience

Key dates and timetable

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Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.