GEN3990 - Genetics in action research project - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Matt McGee


Dr Matt McGee

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


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 second level units, including a minimum of 12 points from BMS2011, BMS2042, GEN2041, GEN2052, MCB2011, MCB2022, MOL2011, or MOL2022.


SCI3740, SCI3990


This unit provides the opportunity for high-achieving students to undertake an individual research project in Genetics with an academic supervisor. It includes a critical literature review, experimental design and data analysis. The 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 oral 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

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