- Class Number 3967
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 to 24 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
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- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
The principal component of the Honours course involves a research project conducted under supervision of a research scientist. In addition, students are expected write a Grant Proposal on the research topic, a progress report, present seminars on their research work and attend various workshops and Divisional seminars. . The major item of assessment is the thesis. The Honours course runs from early February to early November or from mid July to mid May. In addition to meeting the entry requirements defined by the College, students must have the agreement of a member of the academic staff to supervise their project, and the agreement of the convener. Academic staff from the Research School of Biology, John Curtin School of Medical Research, CSIRO and Canberra Hospital may be supervisors or co-supervisors. Students should discuss their intention to undertake an Honours project with appropriate staff and the Honours Convener at least several months before the proposed starting date. Note that several organisations award honours scholarships in September-December for the following year.
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 to generate new knowledge in an area of biology.
2. Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
3. Analyse and interpret original biology data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate.
4. Understand and apply principles of laboratory safety and relevant laboratory techniques.
5. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques and methods in biology to collect original research data.
6. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.
BIOL4001 is an Honours Year with Biology Specialisation.
A full time load is over 2 semesters.
Students undertake a research project under the supervison of an academic from the Research School of Biology. The primary focus of this year of study is research.
Some research projects may have a fieldwork component.
The complete Biology honours handbook, 2019 timelines and College handbook is available on the Biology Honours Wattle site.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written feedback is provided by the examiners for the Grant Proposal and Final Thesis
- Three meetings are held with examiners over the year.
- An intial meeting after the assessment of grant proposal
- Mid-year progress meeting
- Final Oral discussion of the thesis
Supervisors maintain regular contact with their students throughout the year.
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The Honours year has a start date of 29 January 2019.
Biology Honours is a one year program. The timelines in this outline provide a general indication for a student commencing in Semester 1 and submitting in Semester 2
The convenor details in this summary apply to students beginning in Semester 1 2019
Students commencing Honours in Semester 2 (mid-year) should refer to the Semester 2 class summary.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||The Honours year commences on Tuesday 29 January with a welcome session which includes information and induction.|
|2||Inhouse training courses are scheduled throughout the year. Details provided on timeline on wattle site. The training required will depend on the requirements of the research project undertaken.|
|3||The focus of Honours is to complete a research project. This project is undertaken throughout the year. There will be milestones to complete during the year.||Milestones - please see 2019 Honours timeline and Handbook for full details. Thesis Submission - 24 October 2019|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Introductory Seminar||0 %||07/03/2019||18/04/2019||6|
|Grant Proposal||15 %||25/03/2019||18/04/2019||1,2,3,4,6|
|Mid-term Progress Report||0 %||24/06/2019||30/06/2019||1,3,6|
|Final Seminar||0 %||19/09/2019||08/11/2019||6|
|Submission of Thesis||85 %||24/10/2019||08/11/2019||1,2,3,4,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
There is no examination
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 6
A 15-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes discussion, on the proposed research. This is the first opportunity for other students and academic staff (including examiners) to learn about the research.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,6
It is a written research plan modelled on a shortened version of an ARC or NHMRC grant application.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,6
Mid-term Progress Report
A short (3-4 page) document detailing progress of research
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 6
A 15-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes discussion, on the research findings. This is an opportunity for other students and academic staff to find out how the research project went and the outcome.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Submission of Thesis
The thesis is the formal written presentation of the research project.
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You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.
Submission of thesis requires 4 hard copies and electronic submission to the Science Honours wattle site.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item unless an extension has been granted.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Distribution of grades policy
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