Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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42 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.875 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Full year 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jillian Broadbear


The Honours year in behavioural neuroscience aims to increase students understanding of theoretical and methodological aspects of research, develop their analytic, research and communication skills, as well as provide students with advanced knowledge in specific areas of the discipline including laboratory techniques and other research-related skills. The unit is also designed to prepare students for higher degree studies. The relatively high weighting of this unit reflects the intensity of taking on a major research project in this field. In this unit students undertake two separate, though typically closely-related, research projects in an area within behavioural neuroscience that aim to provide training in both discipline specific and generic research skills. Their research projects form the basis of a literature review and research paper(s) and oral poster presentation submitted at the end of the year.


On completion of BNS4100 Behavioural Neuroscience Honours Research Project students will:

  1. be able to critically review the scientific literature in their domain of behavioural neuroscience research,

  1. have acquired sound knowledge of the processes involved in research design, development and implementation through the completion of a research project,

  1. be able to execute and analyse the outcomes of a laboratory-based and/or field-based study,

  1. be proficient in the use of computer-based analysis, data-base, presentation, word processing and data-base/internet search engine software,

  1. be able to prepare a report of a research project in a potentially publishable way,

  1. show communication skills in both oral and written presentations to both audiences who are specialists in the student's field of study of research and non-specialist scientific audience,

  1. have acquired a range of technical skills appropriate to their research area,

  1. have the capability to perform a variety of scientific procedures and techniques that are essential to the satisfactory completion and reporting of a research project.


Oral presentation of research (hurdle)
Literature review (4000 - 5000 words): 20%
Oral poster presentation: 10%
Two separate research papers (5000 - 7000 words each) or one combined research paper (8000-10000 words): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jillian Broadbear

Contact hours

42 hours/week on their research project. Six 2-3 hour seminars/workshops


BNS4200 - Must be enrolled in the Honours degree of Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience.



Must be enrolled in the Honours degree of Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience.

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