• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Josette Masle
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2014
    First Semester 2014
    Autumn Session 2014
    Winter Session 2014
    Second Semester 2014
    Spring Session 2014
    See Future Offerings

This course offers eligible students the opportunity to be immersed in a research environment, acquire specialised training in research techniques, and develop skills in the planning and execution of a research project (laboratory, field, or library based) reflecting the current interests of the supervisor and student.  Interested students are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors in Biology.

This course is designed to be flexible and allows for a broad range of research areas and environments to be experienced  by students. Interested students are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors in Biology.  Many research areas are available, for example:  http://www.biology.anu.edu.au/ , http://cos.anu.edu.au/Plants , http://genetics.anu.edu.au/ , http://jcsmr.anu.edu.au

Note:  This is an Honours Pathway Course that involves material of a greater conceptual difficulty and research orientation than a typical 3000 level science course. Entry to this course requires at least 96 units towards a degree with an average of 70% or above in relevant second and third year courses.

A Botanical Internship (summer) is available in the Australian National Herbarium and Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research in Canberra, Australia.  It is aimed at those intending to undertake a technical or professional career in botany or a closely related discipline (including ecology, resource management and botanical horticulture).  Students are admitted by written application and a selection process that occurs in November.  The program is aimed at students who have just completed their second or third year of study, but applications from students at other levels will be considered.  Contact rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au for application form.

A Genetic Counselling Internship is available with the Genetic Counselling Unit of The Canberra Hospital. It is aimed at those with a special interest in the field of human genetics, specifically in the area of genetic counselling. Students who wish to be considered for this internship should have completed BIOL3204 Human Genetics, or other relevant human genetics courses. Contact David.Rowell@anu.edu.au for more information.

Learning Outcomes

Specific learning outcomes will depend on the nature of the research project .  In general, on satisfactory completion of the course students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic supervised by an academic

2. systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions

3. engage in critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources

4. understand and apply relevant research techniques and methods

5. record original data and apply statistical or other evaluation processes to original data when appropriate

6 communicate concepts and results clearly and effectively both in writing and orally

Other Information

Eligibility

Enrolment in this course is dependent upon the availability of a suitable supervisor and must be approved by the course convener.

Completion of at least 96 units towards a degree with an average of 70% or above in relevant second and third year courses.

Indicative Assessment

Written report (70%; LO 1-6)

Seminar (15%; LO 1-6)

Notebook (10%; LO 1-6)

Blog entry (5%; LO 1-6)

Where possible, assessment of the research project will include input from an expert assessor from another institution. This provides the opportunity for cross-institutional benchmarking and exposes the student to expertise from a wider range of researchers.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Project is expected to involve 65 hours of laboratory or fieldwork plus 150 hours of individual work, including preparation of a report (up to 9000 word)s

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Majors

Minors

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1620 01 Jan 2014 24 Jan 2014 24 Jan 2014 31 Mar 2014 In Person

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4150 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4554 01 Apr 2014 18 Apr 2014 18 Apr 2014 30 Jun 2014 In Person

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5581 01 Jul 2014 18 Jul 2014 18 Jul 2014 30 Sep 2014 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8156 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8538 01 Oct 2014 24 Oct 2014 24 Oct 2014 31 Dec 2014 In Person

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