Science Honours 1

Unit code: RBM4003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


The Honours program consists of coursework and a science research project that will be carried out in this unit and in RBM4002 Science Honours 2. The coursework components cover a range of topics including advanced areas of research, critical appraisal of literature, ethics in research, research design and methods (qualitative and quantitative), presentation and analysis of data. The research project will be undertaken in one of the research areas of the College of Sport, Health and Engineering 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). Assessments have been designed to facilitate progress on the research project. In this unit students will complete a literature review and research plan which will provide a critical analysis of research, rationale for their study and the research design. The oral presentation will enable students to report on the progress of their research project.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Design a novel research project, and postulate research questions or hypotheses where appropriate;
  2. Interrogate and critically review relevant scientific literature to demonstrate breadth and depth of advanced knowledge in a research area;
  3. Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative analysis and data interpretation to deduce conclusions; and
  4. Plan and execute a research project on a science research topic.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Statistics and Research Design
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 15%
Research Plan (not more than 10 pages)
Assessment type: Literature Review
Grade: 40%
Literature Review (not more than 6,000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 15%
Oral Presentation

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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