The Honours program consists of coursework and a science research project that will be carried out over this unit and the unit Science Honours 2. The coursework components cover a range of topics including advanced areas of research, literature searching, analysis and critical appraisal, ethics in research, scientific writing, oral presentation, methodological techniques, research design, statistics, data analysis and presentation and software. The literature review will provide the scientific background and rationale for the research project, while the design will inform the methodology to be applied in the research project. In this unit, students will begin to conduct a research project under supervision. The research project will be undertaken in one of the research areas of the College of Biomedical and Health Sciences or the College of Sport and Exercise Science and may, subject to approval, be undertaken at an external location. The project will comprise a novel scientific investigation in an area of expertise of the approved supervisor(s). The progress of the project will be reported in an oral presentation.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Devise a novel research project and postulate testable hypotheses;  
  2. Interrogate and critically review relevant scientific research papers to demonstrate breadth and depth of advanced knowledge in a research area;  
  3. Design experiments to generate novel data and conduct quantitative and/or qualitative analysis and data interpretation to deduce conclusions; and  
  4. Plan, argue and defend a research process for an independent critical investigation of a science research topic.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Statistics and Research Design 30%
Other Research Plan (not more than 10 pages) 15%
Literature Review Literature Review (not more than 6,000 words) 40%
Presentation Oral Presentation 15%
Upon completion of this unit students will receive an S/U grade. Each Assessment task will be graded and will contribute to the overall grade received for Science Honours 2. Students will receive a GPA grade after completion of both Science Honours 1 and Science Honours 2. This unit will be weighted 35% of the GPA grade for the Science Honours course.

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