BH012 - Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Plan: BH012BI - Bachelor of Science (Biology) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus
Program delivery and structureApproach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Approach to learning and assessment
Advanced concepts will be explained and discussed in Science Honours courses from which you can select from those provided appropriate topics to extend your theoretical knowledge and support your research studies. You will experience a wide range of learning environments – lectures, tutorials, online delivery, individual and group work. Lectures, tutorials and seminars are used extensively in the program to communicate knowledge and ideas. A number of courses have been adapted to online delivery. Many courses are also making use of the Canvas for electronic provision of course material. Assessment of theory components will depend on specific topics selected but will generally include written assignments and examinations. In-class discussions and revision material are available for students to gauge their understanding of the lecture material.
Of particular importance in the program is the high proportion of time spent undertaking project and/or field-work which will provide emphasis on developing practical skills and capabilities, develop teamwork and time-management skills and provide context for the student learning process. As an Honours student a staff member in the School of Science will liaise closely with you and supervise the research component of your studies. You will learn the skills involved in conducting a research project by directly engaging in the research process, which will mimic the real-world process as closely as possible. Work on the Honours research thesis takes place during both semesters of the program. The first semester work on the project is done as part of the Project Planning course. This work includes performing a literature review and writing a project proposal based on initial practical research on the project. The literature review and project proposal are assessed and for students continuing with their project the grade awarded will be combined within the overall assessment of their project work.
Honours projects are assessed on the final thesis, and its merits as a research publication, the supervisor’s report on the student’s performance, and Project Planning. Each thesis is initially examined by two academics, usually from within the School. In addition to the thesis, you are required to provide a seminar on your research. This seminar (of 20 minutes) is a hurdle: if it is not given to a satisfactory standard, it must be repeated.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/heTop of page
Work integrated learning
RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience. As a student enrolled in this RMIT program you will:
- undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
- interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities; and
- complete these activities in real or simulated work contexts or situations
- gain benefits from these interactions and the work context as they provide a distinctive source of feedback to assist your learning.
This program includes a substantial research project that will prepare you for future work in an academic, government or industrial research environment.
You will carry out a major research project in the four Science Honours Project courses (ONPS2663 Science Honours Project 1, ONPS2452 Science Honours Project 2, ONPS2454 Science Honours Project 3 and ONPS2456 Science Honours Project 4). In these courses you will work individually under the supervision of an experienced researcher.
The project work may be done on-campus, or in a government or industrial laboratory if a jointly supervised project has been approved. Many projects have significant involvement from external collaborators.Top of page
|For students who commence their study in this program from 1 January 2016 onwards, your mark in all courses in which you enrol in this program will be included in the weighted average mark that will determine the honours level of your award once you have completed the program.|
For more information about the weighted average mark, please click here
All courses listed may not be available each semester
Stage A of Program
|Complete the following Three (3) Courses:|
Stage B of Program
|Complete the following Four (4) Courses:|
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