• Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Neuroscience
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Christian Stricker
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
    Spring Session 2015
    See Future Offerings

The principal component of the 10 months Honours course is a research project conducted under supervision. In addition, students are expected to attend a journal club program, various workshops and seminars, write a literature review and present seminars on their research work. The Honours course runs either from early February to late November or from mid July to late May. In addition to meeting the entry requirements set by the College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, students must have the agreement of a member of the academic staff to supervise their project, and the agreement of the Head of Biology Teaching and Learning. Academic staff from the Research School of Biology, Department of Psychology, the John Curtin School of Medical Research, and ANU Medical School may be supervisors. Students should discuss their intention to undertake an Honours project with potential supervisors and the Honours coordinator, several months before the proposed starting date. Note that several organisations award honours scholarships in September-December for the following year.

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
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. record original data and apply statistical or other evaluation processes to original data when appropriate
5. communicate concepts and results clearly and effectively both in writing and orally
6. understand and apply relevant laboratory techniques and methods.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on the honours thesis produced by the student, which is marked by two examiners; the final seminar; the submission of two written critiques; and a journal club presentation, with weightings as follows:

  • Written thesis (70%; LO 1-6)
  • Research Seminar mark (10%; LO 1-6)
  • Written critiques and journal club presentation (20%; LO 2,3,5)
  • Research Proposal (CRS; LO 1,2,3,5)
  • Research Proposal Seminar (CRS; LO 1,2,3,5)
  • Literature survey (CRS: course requirement satisfied; LO 2,3,5)

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35 hours/week

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the John Curtin School of Medical Research to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

NEUR3101 and/or NEUR3112 or equivalents; 48 units relevant to neuroscience at 2nd and 3rd year level.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 to 24 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.

12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $516 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $691 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1563 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 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
1563 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 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
1636 01 Oct 2015 23 Oct 2015 23 Oct 2015 31 Dec 2015 In Person N/A

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