BIO3990 - Biology in action research project - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences


Dr Michael McDonald

Dr Jeremy Barr

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (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;
  2. Review and critically evaluate the scientific literature within a relevant discipline;
  3. Demonstrate skills in experimental design, data collection and statistical analysis;
  4. Interpret experimental results, and place the results in the broader context of the research discipline;
  5. Communicate scientific findings and their implications, via presentations and written reports.


Oral presentation: 10%

Poster presentation: 15%

Written reports: 65%

Supervisor's assessment of project planning, conduct and development: 10%

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.


SCI3740, SCI3990