Course Title: Research Project B (Implementation)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Project B (Implementation)

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Graeme Allinson

Course Coordinator Phone: (+61 3) 9925 3561

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.23

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of BIOL2485/2486 Research Project A (Planning)

Course Description


This course has a vocational focus. It assists students to develop skills in research and scientific communication in the relevant discipline, including design and performance of experiments or action research, analysis and presentation of research data, and preparation of oral and written scientific reports that use these skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 9:

  • Knowledge and application of research methods appropriate to the field of study
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research project
  • Communication skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and decisions to technical and non technical audiences
  • Application of skills and knowledge with personal autonomy and accountability

This course is particularly important in the development of graduate attributes related to innovation, work readiness, global outlook, environmental awareness, social awareness and life long learning.

After completion of this course, you will be able to:

1.Conduct an independent research project under supervision

2.Adhere to responsible laboratory or field practice regarding data collection and recording, laboratory and field safety

3. Demonstrate time and project management in the successful identification of a research project, development of an experimental design, collection of accurate and precise data, critical analysis and interpretation of results, retrieval of information, and critical reading of scientific literature

4.Prepare a minor thesis (draft, edit, format, check for errors)

5. Present a seminar on the results of a research project.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include any or all of the following:

  • Undertaking a research topic in consultation with a research supervisor
    • Preparing a project outline that includes project aims, objectives, an indicative summary of methodology, and potential outcomes
    • Undertaking a literature review related to the topic, including preparing a reference list
    • Planning for, and performing project work under the guidance of a supervisor
    • Participating in supervisory meetings and attending departmental seminars
    • Writing and editing a thesis in consultation with a supervisor
    • Preparing and presenting a seminar on the research project

Total study hours


Overview of Learning Resources

There are no prescribed text or recommended books for this course. Students should obtain material (e.g. journal articles in peer-reviewed publications) appropriate to their individual topic by discussion with their supervisors. Students should use appropriate data bases e.g.Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar, Current Contents, PubMed etc

Overview of Assessment

All students:  The thesis forms the major part of the assessment for this course. Assessment also includes presentation of a seminar on the results of the research project.

Assessment Task 1: Minor Thesis

Weighting 70%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, & 4 

Assessment Task 2: Oral Presentation

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, & 5