BNS4100 - Behavioural neuroscience honours: Research project - 2017

42 points, SCA Band 2, 0.875 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences


Associate Professor Antonio Verdejo-Garcia

Not offered in 2017


The aims of the Honours year in behavioural neuroscience are 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 may undertake one major project or two separate, though typically closely-related, research projects in an area within behavioural neuroscience. The project(s) will provide training in both discipline specific and generic research skills and form the basis of an honours research thesis presented at the end of the year.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Be able to critically review the scientific literature in their domain of behavioural neuroscience research,
  2. Have acquired sound knowledge of the processes involved in research design, development and implementation through the completion of a research project,
  3. Be able to execute and analyse the outcomes of a laboratory-based and/or field-based study,
  4. Be proficient in the use of computer-based analysis, data-base, presentation, word processing and data-base/internet search engine software,
  5. Be able to prepare a report of a research project in a potentially publishable way,
  6. 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,
  7. Have acquired a range of technical skills appropriate to their research area,
  8. 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.


  • Research proposal (1,500 words) (10%)
  • Honours research thesis (12,000 - 15,000 words) (80%)
  • Communication of results (Oral) (5%)
  • Graduate attribute assessment (5%)

Hurdle: Students must pass the thesis to achieve a pass for this unit.

Workload requirements

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

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Must be enrolled in course 3514.