Credit points: 15

Subject outline

BOT3PBR extends theory covered in BOT3PBT to the research environment. Lab projects, in small groups of 2 to 3 students, are closely aligned with current and innovative research and are supervised by experienced researchers. It exposes students to a real laboratory/research environment where students participate in the development, implementation, analysis and reporting of a current research project using advanced molecular biology techniques. Early in the semester students will present a project outline as poster with a short oral presentation. At the end of the semester, each group will present their work to the entire cohort and departmental academics and post-graduate students in the form of a 15 minute oral presentation, and a written scientific report modelled on a scientific publication including abstract, introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and References. BOT3PBR addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential which entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions now and in the future.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Emmerling

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules


Co-requisitesBOT3ABT OR BOT3PBT

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. Use and further develop independent learning and research skills through sourcing and utilising relevant scientific information to co-develop a small scientific research project.
02. Creatively find solutions to a complex, unfamiliar, real world scientific research project and associated technical problems, consistent with faculty and professional standards.
03. Analyse and interpret raw numerical data and primary evidence from experiments, scientific reports and journals using calculations and graphical representations.
04. Prepare a project overview and a final project report modelled on a scientific publication.
05. Present an initial introduction (using a poster and a final project outcome summary (PowerPoint to communicate the rationale/context and the results of the scientific research carried out (including theoretical concepts).
06. Record experimental data and progress in a laboratory notebook according to best practice.

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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-ordinatorMichael Emmerling

Class requirements

Supervised ResearchWeek: 30 - 42
Two 4.00 hours supervised research per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Project Poster - Group Presentation (equiv. 500 words).  The mark for this assessment item includes a group mark for the actual poster (5%) and an individual mark for the presentation (15%).

N/AOral presentationGroupNo15 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5

Individual Project Overview (equiv. 1000 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Final Group Presentation (equiv. 750 words).  Students present as a group but are marked individually

N/AOral presentationCombinedNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Final Group Report (equiv. 1500 words).  Group submission. All students in each group are awarded the same mark unless there are major imbalances of contributions.

N/AReportGroupNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Individual Lab Book (equiv. 750 words).  The lab books will be assessed 3 times during the course of the semester (5% each).

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO6