Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton Full year 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester to First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Martin Burd


Students undertake advanced coursework in their chosen broad area of Biology (including Genetics) comprising lectures, seminars and research colloquia and associated tasks to develop skills in experimental design, data analysis and presentation, and critical analysis. Candidates may commence the honours year at the beginning of either first or second semester. Further information is available from the course coordinator and at a meeting held with prospective students during second semester of third year.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and broad understanding of the chosen biological field of study;

  1. Recognise the place of biology within the broader scope of science and medicine;

  1. Demonstrate skills in analysis and presentation of biological research data;

  1. Demonstrate skills in critical analysis of current biological research;

  1. Demonstrate skills in searching the scientific literature;

  1. Demonstrate skills in written and oral communication of scientific information.


Experimental data analysis and presentation module: 40%
Current research colloquia and written critique: 40%
Seminar series module: 20%

Chief examiner(s)


BIO3011 or any level three GEN unit, or by permission of the Head of School