Course Title: Science Mentored Research Placement 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Science Mentored Research Placement 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Tamar Greaves

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9556

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.6.12

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to make an appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requsites, however, the course is designed for an upper year level student who has the foundation of a successful first year program.

Course Description

Independent Study is designed to allow the upper year level student to observe and participate in one or more current research projects within the School of Applied Sciences, under the direction of a staff mentor. The projects can be internal or external to RMIT. The student’s task will be defined by the staff member or researcher and agreed on by the student and course coordinator at the beginning of the course. It may consist of the student either observing and reporting on one or more research projects, or by carrying out work that contributes to a current research project.

The aims, scope, methodology and expected outcomes of the task must be defined in a proposal written by the student under the direction of the course coordinator at the beginning of the course. The success of the task will be weighed against the proposal. If appropriate, the student’s contribution will also be assessed by their mentor.


This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills are applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the BSc(Dean’s Scholar)(Hons) program (BH101) at AQF Level 7:

PLO-1.1 You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice.

PLO-2.1 You will have broad knowledge in your chosen discipline.


At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the way that the scientific method is applied in the context of a specific research project within the School of Applied Sciences
  2. summarise the background, aims, methodology and expected outcomes of the research project
  3. demonstrate a grasp of the scientific principles involved in the research project
  4. summarise the implications of the research project for its field of specialization and for society generally
  5. report on your contribution to the research project



Overview of Learning Activities

This course is primarily project-based. It is expected that the student will be in direct contact with the staff member or project leader for a minimum of one hour per week. The remainder of the time will be spent in direct activities related to the project. This may include library research, field and/or laboratory work, attending group meetings and discussions with postgraduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers etc. Activities may be on or off campus.

Total Study Hours

Teacher guided hours: 12

Learner directed hours: 108


Overview of Learning Resources

Due to the diverse nature of Independent Study, no formal texts or reference materials can be recommended. The student should search for specific materials pertinent to their needs. The Science Staff can guide the student in this search. The research leader/facilitator may also add information. In addition to literature, it will be necessary to seek out professionals in the specialised fields to gather further information.

Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

 Final Assessment is based on:

Student’s activity proposal (assessed by course coordinator): 20%

(Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4)

Student’s final report (assessed by course coordinator): 40%

(Addresses CLOs 1, 3, 5)

Mentor’s assessment of student’s contribution: 30%

(Addresses CLOs 1, 3)

Student’s oral presentation to class (assessed by coordinator): 10%

(Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)