• 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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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