Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills in critical analysis, problem solving and data analysis and presentation. The subject will use published journal articles together with a range of scientific problems to support learning of these skills. The subject does not contain a practical component but complements practical subjects and thesis writing subjects through the analysis of data and experimental design components. These skills form an essential part of any upper level scientific study program. In completing tasks for this subject, students are expected to draw on their prior learning and experiences in scientific problem solving.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJeff Yeoman

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: SGBB or SMBB or SMBM or SMBT or SMNT or PSMSC or SZHSMN or SMCHS All other students require coordinator approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Recognise and apply appropriate vocabulary to describe experiments
02. Analyse experiments critically
03. Report data in a relevant, meaningful and clear context
04. Convey an understanding of current scientific methodology through written communication

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeff Yeoman

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 32 - 43
Two 2.00 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Grant proposal assignment (2,000-word equivalent) Students will work throughout the semester on designing a project suitable for a research grant application. Assessment will consist of both a 500 word 'press release' and the final template-based ~1500 word grant proposal.N/AN/AN/ANo35 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4
Grant proposal planning (1,000-word equivalent) Students will write an annotated bibliography of relevant research articles and prepare a template-based 'Expression of Interest' document to precede the grant proposal assignment.N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO2, SILO4
5 minute individual oral presentation (500-word equivalent) Students will analyse and explain and experiment from one scientific journal article using a maximum of one slide.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
Two 1 hour tests (1,000- words equivalent each, total 2,000-word equivalent) Students will sit an in-class written test consisting of both multiple choice and short answer problem-solving questions at the end of each lecture block.N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3