• Code SCNC3021
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by ANU College of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Faculty of Science
  • Areas of interest Science
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2024
    First Semester 2024
    Autumn Session 2024
    Winter Session 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    Spring Session 2024
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  • STEM Course

Students must submit a Research Project Summary form for this course. Further information below.

The course allows students to pursue a research project on a topic that extends coursework learning. The course is centred on conducting original research under an academic supervisor, in order to develop independent research skills and experience.

The details of the project will be negotiated between the student and the supervisor/s and be approved by the relevant School’s Associate Director (Science Education) prior to enrolment. The research project may be conducted within a research group or in collaboration with an industry or government body. The project may be on a topic that is of interest to and/or encompasses multiple disciplines in science.

Note: This is an Honours Pathway Course (HPC)

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained investigation on a chosen science research topic.
  2. Systematically identify relevant sources, theory and concepts, to situate the research project in the broader literature.
  3. Select and apply relevant quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies to collect and evaluate data to draw appropriate evidence-based conclusions.
  4. Work constructively with researchers and practitioners to appropriate ethical standards of conduct.
  5. Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.

Work Integrated Learning


Students may engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a component of the course

Other Information

Admission to this course is subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor and approval from the relevant discipline area Associate Director of Education. Students must complete the Research Project Summary form and Enrolment Change form . Once the forms have been completed and signed they must be submitted to the Science Central Office on the Ground Floor of the Peter Baume Building #42 or emailed to Science.Enquiries@anu.edu.au at the start of the relevant session.

Students may wish to explore further research project opportunities available to Science students.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Project Plan (hurdle requirement) (0) [LO 1,4]
  2. Project Report (75) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Oral Presentation (20) [LO 5]
  4. Career Development Reflection (5) [LO 1,4]

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Approximately 130 hours (per 6 units of enrolment) of total student learning time over the relevant semester or session made up of approximately:

  • 120 hours of independent student research, planning, meeting, reading and writing.
  • 10 hours of research-related career development activities

Students are expected to maintain regular contact with their Supervisor and attend all supervisory meetings.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

96 units toward a Science undergraduate degree

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

Prescribed Texts

Texts and readings will be determined in consultation with your Supervisor.

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have sufficient background in the proposed topic area to undertake the research project.


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 to 24 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
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
2024 $740 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $1060 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1256 01 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 31 Mar 2024 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2920 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5244 01 Apr 2024 19 Apr 2024 19 Apr 2024 30 Jun 2024 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6252 01 Jul 2024 19 Jul 2024 19 Jul 2024 30 Sep 2024 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
7906 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 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
9226 01 Oct 2024 18 Oct 2024 18 Oct 2024 31 Dec 2024 In Person N/A

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