• Code BIOL8706
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Josette Masle
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
    Second Semester 2019
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The course is a specific research project under the supervision of a research scientist at ANU or at an affiliated research institute.  Students identify a supervisor after discussion with the course convener.

It may be performed in a research laboratory or involve field or library research under the supervision of a research scientist. 

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Plan and engage in an independent investigation of a chosen research topic supervised by an academic

2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts from the literature, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions

3. Understand and apply relevant research techniques and methods including data collection and analysis

4. Communicate concepts and results clearly and effectively both in writing and orally

Other Information

Enrolment in this course is dependent upon the availability of a suitable supervisor and must be approved by the course convener.

An average of 70% or above in relevant BIOL courses will be required to enrol in this course.

For permission to enrol in this course, please email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au.

Indicative Assessment

• A written report on the research project (75% LO2 & 4)

• Seminar (20%; LO 2 & 4)

• Research project notebook (5%: LO 1 & 3)

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This can be taken as a variable unit depending on the conceptual difficulty and research orientation as arranged between the student, convenor and supervisor before enrolling. The research project will normally be completed within the semester of enrolment.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Will depend on the topic of the research project.

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate courses relevant to the area of biology research proposed.


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:
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
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
3191 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person
3541 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8188 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person
8571 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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