• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Miss Rachael Remington
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    Second Semester 2018
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Students will research scientific literature relevant to a given topic and devise experiments to address specific aims which will culminate into a final research proposal document. The course aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge of common methodologies used in biology, biochemistry and molecular biology; skills which enable them to interpret, synthesize and critically analyse the published literature; and the ability to apply their knowledge of biology to new problems.  This course requires the student to work closely with an academic supervisor in developing their research proposal.  This course requires the student to work closely with an academic supervisor in developing their research proposal.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Explain the broader aspects of research mechanisms and how research in biology is conducted
2. Integrate diverse methodologies and theories to address a specific topic
3. Communicate these ideas, both orally and written, to a broader scientific audience
4. Appreciate research planning and strategy
5. Design a research project on a specific topic in biology

Other Information

For permission to enrol in this course, please email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au.  As an indication, students are required to have an average of 70% to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

    • Journal Club Presentation (10%; LO 1-3)
    • Literature Review and Research Question ( 15%; LO 1-3)
    • Draft of Experimental Plan ( 20%; LO 1-5)
    • Final Research Proposal Seminar  (15%; LO 2, 3, 5)
    • Final Research Proposal ( 40%; LO 1-5)

    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.


    One tutorial per week and up to 60 contact hours with individual research supervisors per semester

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

    Assumed Knowledge

    Second year Molecular Biology or Biochemistry and first year Chemistry.


    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:
    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.

    Units EFTSL
    12.00 0.25000
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2018 $7320
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2018 $10320
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

    Offerings and Dates

    The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

    First Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
    3504 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

    Second Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
    8497 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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