SCI4501 - Impact through science 4A: Research - 2019

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Dr Djuke Veldhuis


Professor Andrea Robinson

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students must complete 144 points and SCI3501 and SCI3502




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 Challenge 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

Student workload is an average of 48 hours of study per week comprised of independent research, meetings, and workshops.

This unit delivers 50% of the full-time fourth-year program for the BSc Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)

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