• Code SCNC3022
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by ANU College of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Faculty of Science
  • Areas of interest Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christopher Browne
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
    Spring Session 2020
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This course allows students to pursue a special topic of individual or small-group study in order to gain particular or additional knowledge in a science topic, usually not covered in courses taught elsewhere in the University. Depending on the topic, students may be required to develop and implement a research plan under the supervision of an academic member of staff; to pursue a guided reading program; to develop and implement a project with external stakeholders and/or practitioners under the supervision of an academic member of staff; and/or to take part in selected lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, discussion groups, field trips and other activities.

The details of the topic will be negotiated between the student and the supervisor/s and be approved by the relevant Associate Director(Education).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Pursue a sustained, guided critical investigation and evaluation of the agreed topic/s.
  2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts and draw evidence-based conclusions using appropriate methodology, tools and/or analysis of data.
  3. Explain advanced concepts of the special topic in the relevant scientific discipline/s.
  4. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of specific techniques relevant to the scientific discipline/s.
  5. Demonstrate capacity for scientific reasoning through analysing, proving and explaining concepts from the scientific discpline/s.

Other Information

Students must fill out a Special Topic Supplementary Form as well as an Enrolment Change form and seek approval from the Associate Director of Science Education of the relevant discipline. Once the forms have been filled and signed they must be submitted to the Science Central Office on the Ground Floor of the Peter Baume Building #42.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessments and their weighting will vary depending on the nature of the topic but will minimally have two components: (null) [LO null]
  2. Formative task/s (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Final assessment/s (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session which will include regular meetings with the supervisor and a large component of self-study which will include preparation for any presentations and other assessment tasks.

Assessment tasks will vary depending on the project and supervisor. To be arranged with course convener.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed a minimum of 72 units of courses offered by the College of Science or the College of Health and Medicine, or with permission of the course convener.

You will need to contact the ANU College of Science to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge will vary depending on the nature of the special topic.


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:
6 to 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.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $675 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $960 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9819 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 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
9619 01 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 31 Dec 2020 In Person N/A

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