Faculty of Science

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences


Dr Damian Dowling



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


An individual research project in a discipline relating to a major area of study, conducted under supervision. Includes critical literature review, experimental design and data analysis. Student must maintain regular contact with supervisor(s) and subject coordinator.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Comprehend the fundamental process and requirements of scientific research;

  1. Review and critically evaluate the scientific literature within a relevant discipline;

  1. Demonstrate skills in experimental design, data collection and statistical analysis;

  1. Interpret experimental results, and place the results in the broader context of the research discipline;

  1. Communicate scientific findings and their implications, via oral presentations and written reports.


Two oral reports: 20%
Two written reports: 55%
Supervisor's assessment of project planning, conduct and development: 25%

Workload requirements

Approximately 12 hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Students must have their proposed project and supervisor approved by the unit coordinator prior to enrolment. In addition students must have at least a distinction average across 24 points of level 2 BIO/GEN units, including a minimum of 12 points in the discipline directly relevant to the project.


SCI3740, SCI3990