Course Title: Project Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Project Planning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
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 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


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

In this course, you will plan and initiate a specific research project in your discipline area, in consultation with your supervisor.

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 of the BSc(AppSc)(Hons) program (BH012)and BSc(AppSc)Deans Scholars(Hons) BH101

PLO-1.2 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and relevance of science in society.

PLO-1.3 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge.

PLO-1.4 You will demonstrate an understanding of the significance of your research project to your field of specialization and to society.

PLO-3.1 You will be able to concisely state research questions, and use them to design and plan a research project.

PLO-3.2 You will be able to gather, critically review and synthesise information relevant to a scientific inquiry or research project.

PLO-5.4 You will develop an ability to work collaboratively.


You will develop the ability to:

  1. plan and organise a research project
  2. place your research in the context of your field of specialization and discuss its relevance to society
  3. develop and concisely state your research questions
  4. write a literature survey relevant to your project
  5. initiate and report on progress in your research project

You will be expected to carry out these activities in consultation and collaboration with your supervisor.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course introduces you to the process of running a specific research project. In a research environment you will plan your Honours project, including specifying the research questions, objectives, hypotheses, methods and analyses to be undertaken during the project.    The assessment for this course is combined with that for your Honours project.

Your designated supervisor, assisted as necessary by other members of staff, will guide you on a weekly basis in your planning and execution of experimental work.


Overview of Learning Resources

Current literature and past theses will be used to guide the selection of appropriate aims, methods and analyses.

Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements.

Research proposal 

Weighting 90%  

Addresses CLO 1, 2, 3, 4 

3 min project pitch

Weighting 10%

Addresses CLO 1, 2, 3