Course Title: Research Project B (Implementation)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Project B (Implementation)

Credit Points: 24.00

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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,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022

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 is a research project course. You will be required to implement a Masters-level research project by conducting lab/field work and/or surveys and/or other work to address your project’s research aim and objectives. 

You will communicate your project findings through oral presentations and written reports.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to contribute to those PLOs of the Science Masters by Coursework degrees for which this course is a University elective. The course will contribute to the following MC191 Master of Environmental Science and Technology PLOs:

  • Understanding science: by demonstrating a coherent understanding of environmental science (aligned with MC191 PLOs 1.1, 1.2)
  • Scientific knowledge: by exhibiting depth and breadth of environmental science knowledge (aligned with MC191 PLO 2.1)
  • Inquiry and problem solving: by critically analysis and solving of problems in environmental science (aligned with MC191 PLOs 2.2, 2.3)
  • Communication: by being an effective communicator of environmental sciences (aligned with MC191 PLOs 2.4, 2.5)
  • Personal and professional responsibility: by being accountable for individual learning and scientific work in environmental science (aligned with MC191 PLOs 3.1, 3.2, 3.3)

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, ethics and other permitting, laboratory and field safety

3. Demonstrate time and project management in the successful implementation of a research project, including collection of accurate and precise data, critical analysis and interpretation of results, retrieval of information, and critical reading of scientific literature

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

5. Disseminate your findings orally through seminars, and in written form through a poster and lay summary.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include any or all of the following:

  1. Undertaking a research topic in consultation with a research supervisor, including collecting, collating and analysing data
  2. Preparing a project outline that includes project aims, objectives, an indicative summary of methodology, and potential outcomes
  3. Undertaking a literature review related to the topic, including preparing a reference list
  4. Planning for, and performing project work under the guidance of a supervisor
  5. Participating in supervisory meetings and attending departmental seminars
  6. Writing and editing a thesis in consultation with a supervisor
  7. Preparing and presenting a short (3 minute) seminar on the research project
  8. Preparing and submitting a longer (15 minute) narrated presentation on the research project
  9. Preparing and submitting a lay summary of your project and poster describing the 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: Thesis

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 

Assessment Task 2: Presentation of project findings

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 6, 7, 8 & 9