Course Title: Honours Advanced Biology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Honours Advanced Biology

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Ann Lawrie

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7157

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.1.68

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of an undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline with above-average results for entry into Honours and concurrent enrolment in Honours Research Methods.

Course Description

This course aims to develop in the students the skills of critical reading and writing and communication at an advanced professional level, compatible with publication in refereed journals.   The students will read extensively in a selected discipline area and write an extensive critical review of the literature, including those sources not easily accessed.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:  search the literature thoroughly, read critically, synthesise a critical review, link this to the research project and communicate this effectively orally and in writing to a critical audience.

Overview of Learning Activities

The student will receive information on scientific writing during the Honours research methods course (lectures and tutorials) and in research group activities simultaneously and be guided closely in searching the literature, reading critically and synthesising the review and communication by the research supervisor during this course and the research project.

Overview of Learning Resources

Current literature, including critical reviews of other topics, will be used through the Library.   The DLS will have documents on scientific writing from the Honours research methods course.    Specific references on scientific writing will be available in the Library and in external internet references.

Overview of Assessment

Students will be assessed by presenting a seminar and writing a literature review.