Credit points: 60

Subject outline

The full Honours program lasts approximately 9 months and commences in early February. Both AGR4AHA and AGR4AHB need to be taken up during the one academic year. The Honours program includes an original research project which is supervised by a member of staff of the Department. A variety of scientific techniques will be learned and students will conduct their research independently with some guidance. Scientific communication and thinking skills established during the undergraduate degree will be consolidated and further developed through various workshops and exercises. Other components of the program are designed to put to practice the various skills that are essential for a scientist including the writing of an annotated bibliography and scientific literature review, presentation of introductory and final seminars, participation in an on-line journal club forum, writing of a journal article-style thesis, defence of the thesis and the presentation of a research poster.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points60

Subject Co-ordinatorTerry Spithill

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students will have to obtain a 60% average over all third year subjects and must achieve a 65% average in subjects to the value of 60 credit points germane to the area in which the Honours programme is to be undertaken. These subjects can include any combination of AGR3CS, AGR3AH, ZOO3EPA, ZOO3EPB, ZOO3TZA, ZOO3TZB, BCH3BMA, BCH3BMB, GEN3HMG, GEN3EEG, MIC3AMM, MIC3AM.


Incompatible subjects AGR40ANH, AGR41ANH

Equivalent subjects AGR41ANH

Special conditions Students will have to complete both AGR4AHA and AGR4AHB in one academic year to be able to obtain an Honours degree.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTerry Spithill

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Four 1.0 days workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Approx 4 workshops on writing literature reviews and theses and on laboratory safety. Attendance at Departmental seminars is expected. Hours of study are not limited and depend on the demands of the project."


Assessment elementComments%
Annotated Bibliography and Literature Review (up to 5000 words maximum)13
Final research seminar (20-minute presentation + 5 minutes questions)7
Introductory Seminar (15 minute presentation + 5 minutes questions)5
On-line journal club forum (Runs for approximately 4 -5 weeks.Each student will lead a discussion of a paper together with a fellow student. Students have to actively participate in each of the journal discussions.5
Research poster5
Supervisor's mark (10%) & Coordinator's mark (5%)15
Thesis (Journal-article style, 8000 words maximum plus appendices)45
Thesis defence (20 minutes)5