SCI4501 - Impact through science 4A: Research - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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Professor Andrea Robinson

Unit guides



  • Full year 2017 (Day)


Working in collaboration with innovative industry partners and the Faculty of Science, students will complete an independent research project. Through this process, students will be connected to industry partners to gain an understanding of the challenge that has been set, the nature of the industry and stakeholder needs. This is the preparatory unit to develop student's theoretical understanding of the industry challenge in preparation for the development of the project plan and commencement of the group based project in SCI4502.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Undertake and interpret independent research to demonstrate a critical and analytical understanding of the current scientific, social, corporate and/or political contexts of the project;
  2. Execute a stakeholder analysis and appraise a range of needs to evaluate and illustrate the problem;
  3. Integrate research into a professional report that articulates the problem and possible solutions and shows critical thinking and persuasive communication;
  4. Use persuasive presentation skills to articulate the problem and possible solutions.


Literature review (individual): 20%

Oral presentation (individual): 10%

Research project (individual): 70%

Workload requirements

Equivalent of 24 hours study per week comprised of independent research, meetings and workshops.

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Chief examiner(s)


SCI3501, SCI3502 and completion of two internships (one international). Students must complete 144 point.