• 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 2018
    First Semester 2018
    Autumn Session 2018
    Winter Session 2018
    Second Semester 2018
    Spring Session 2018
    See Future Offerings

This course is specially tailored for students attracted to, or wondering about research. Students are immersed in a real research environment and in the practice of research. They are integrated in a research team and get direct experience in core components of research activities, from posing a question, defining hypotheses to address it, and the appropriate approaches to examine these hypotheses; data analysis and rigorous presentation, interpretation of results, and most importantly their critical assessment and discussion in the context of the current body of knowledge. Students are experiencing first-hand the joys and tribulations of probing the unknown, the drive, curiosity, discipline, and perseverance this requires.

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 the convener and 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 research oriented material of a greater conceptual difficulty 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 second and third year science courses and approved by the convener.

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 and satisfy the eligibility criterion of at least a 70% average across science courses during previous semesters. 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, apply them appropriately, 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

The course develops autonomy, critical thinking, rigour, and time management skills.

Other Information


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 science second and third year courses.

For permission to enrol in this course, please email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Written report, in a scientific paper format (70%; LO 1-6)
  • Seminar (15%; LO 1-6)
  • Notebook/Lab book (10%; LO 1-6)
  • Blog entry (5%; LO 1-6)
Assessment of the research project will involve independent examiners. It may involve expert input from staff of 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.


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.




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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
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
1465 01 Jan 2018 19 Jan 2018 19 Jan 2018 31 Mar 2018 In Person

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3205 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5431 01 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 30 Jun 2018 In Person

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
6450 01 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 30 Sep 2018 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8173 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9425 01 Oct 2018 19 Oct 2018 19 Oct 2018 31 Dec 2018 In Person

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