Course Title: Science Honours 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Science Honours 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


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


City Campus


171H School of Science


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


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Daivis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253393

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.6.6

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to make an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed that students taking this course will have background knowledge in their chosen discipline at Bachelor’s degree level.

Course Description

With ONPS2313 Science Honours 1, this course covers a range of advanced topics designed to extend the knowledge and skills gained from undergraduate courses, and prepare you for a future career in research. Some topics are presented as lectures and seminars, whilst others are self-learning based. You should select appropriate topics for study following academic advisement from your project supervisor and discipline honours coordinator.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark for the course will be one of the course marks used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information webpage for more information.(;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following PLOs:

PLO-2.2 You will have advanced knowledge in specialized areas of your chosen discipline.

PLO-3.3 You will be able to choose appropriate tools and methods to solve scientific problems within your area of specialization.

PLO-3.4 You will demonstrate well-developed problem solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively.


.On completion of the course you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an enhanced understanding of selected advanced theory, technical and/or practical topics in specialized areas of your discipline
  2. demonstrate broad knowledge of topics within your discipline
  3. solve problems and apply your knowledge within your discipline


Overview of Learning Activities

You may select your advanced study from:

  • a series of advanced coursework units (typically 3 units of at least 8 lecture hours each or 2 units of at least 12 lecture hours each) on a range of topics as advertised each year by the School, or
  • a dissertation and review of a topic, not available as an advanced theory unit, that may be complementary to, but must not be too similar to, your research project, or
  • some other advanced course (e.g. a postgraduate course), selected with agreement of the Discipline Honours Coordinator and Program Coordinator.

Total Study Hours

Teacher guided hours: 48

Learner directed hours: 72


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources will be addressed in the relevant course guide of the chosen coursework unit.

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). 

Assessment of advanced coursework:

In each of at least two units the assessment should consist of:

Assignments 40% (Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3)

Tests or examinations 60% (Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3)


Assessment of dissertation: (Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3)

The dissertation should be no more than 30 double-spaced A4 pages and will be assessed by the topic supervisor (50%) and one other examiner (50%) appointed by the Discipline Honours Coordinator.