• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course is designed for students considering doing an Honours project in Biology. A research proposal will be designed to address new questions in biological research in one of the areas of Biomedical Sciences and Biochemistry; Ecology, Evolution & Genetics; or Plant Sciences. A research academic from one of these areas will lead small group discussions and will oversee supervision of the research proposal. The course applies the principles from BIOL2202 (Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology) to an individual research proposal. Students will gain skills in various forms of scientific writing and thinking to formulate experimental approaches to current questions in biology.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand how research in biology is conducted
  2. Research the scientific literature to identify known and unknown aspects of a specific biological topic
  3. Plan a biology research question and report on experiments designed to address this question
  4. Appreciate different writing styles for different purposes such as grant proposals and journal articles
  5. Communicate ideas both in writing and orally
  6. Understand the ethical and safety implications of biology research

Indicative Assessment

Research proposal (60%; LO 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Tutorial quizzes (20%; LO 2, 3, 6)

Seminar (20%; LO 1, 3, 5)

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One lecture per week, small group tutorials and individual project work  supervised by the academic tutor to a total of 130 contact and non contact hours per semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed BIOL2202


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:
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.

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, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

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