• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr 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 acquire specialised training in research techniques, or to conduct independent research (laboratory, fieldwork, project, or library based) reflecting the current interest of the supervisor and student.  Interested students are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors in Biology. 

Entry to this course requires at least 96 units towards a degree with an average of 80% or above in relevant second and third year courses.  Enrolment in this course is dependent upon the availability of a suitable supervisor and must be approved by the course convener.

Many research areas are available, for example:  http://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.

A quota may be placed on enrolment in this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

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 110 hours of laboratory, field or library work plus 150 hours of analysis and private study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Assumed Knowledge

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

A quota may be placed on enrolment in this course. Please contact rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au for application form.

Completion of at least 96 units towards a degree with an average of 80% or above in relevant second and third year courses.

Majors

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:
2
Unit value:
12 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
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3300
2004 $3852
2005 $4596
2006 $5040
2007 $5040
2008 $5832
2009 $5832
2010 $5832
2011 $5892
2012 $5892
2013 $5892
2014 $5892
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $6780
2004 $6900
2005 $6900
2006 $7236
2007 $7236
2008 $7236
2009 $7236
2010 $7500
2011 $7512
2012 $7512
2013 $7512
2014 $7524
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1621 01 Jan 2014 24 Jan 2014 24 Jan 2014 31 Mar 2014 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4151 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4555 01 Apr 2014 18 Apr 2014 18 Apr 2014 30 Jun 2014 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5582 01 Jul 2014 18 Jul 2014 18 Jul 2014 30 Sep 2014 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8157 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8539 01 Oct 2014 24 Oct 2014 24 Oct 2014 31 Dec 2014 In Person N/A

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