Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will work closely with an academic advisor and team of peers to conduct a scientific research project. Project topics include but are not limited to those situated in the disciplines of botany, microbiology, zoology, ecology and physiology. You will be guided and supported through the scientific process by a core teaching team, as well as an advisor who is an expert in your chosen area of interest. You will develop a team proposal for your project and deliver this as an oral presentation. Your advisor will provide you with data for your research project, and you may also gain hands-on experience with modern techniques in state-of-the-art laboratory settings. Individually you will deliver an oral presentation to your advisor and peers at Journal Club, and you will write up your research project as a journal article. The subject will conclude with team poster presentations at a student conference. 

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJames Bell

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesIn this subject, students will develop and undertake a short research project in a Life Sciences discipline, supported by workshops and online resources 

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsENV3ENP OR HBS3IRP

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirement90 credit points of level 2 and level 3 subjects

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

How to Do Science: A guide to researching human physiology

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorLouise Lexis & Brianna Julien



PublisherLa Trobe University


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply the processes of scientific inquiry and critically analyse information to solve scientific problems
02. Communicate scientific results, information and arguments effectively to a range of audiences for different purposes using a variety of modes
03. Work effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual and team context
04. Explore, build and reflect on your experiences that develop your career readiness, and make judgements on your employability strengths

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJames Bell

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 42 - 42
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 42 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Poster presentation session

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 41
One 2.00 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 41 and delivered via online.
Advisor & team meeting

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 41
One 1.00 hour scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 41 and delivered via online.
Q&A session

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 32 - 32
One 2.00 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 32 and delivered via online.
Proposal presentation

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 30
One 2.00 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 30 and delivered via online.
Introduction to subject

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 41
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 41 and delivered via online.
Online content


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research Proposal. 5% Individual 10% Group (700 word equivalent per student) 

N/AOral presentationCombinedNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Poster presentation. 5% individual 20% group (1000 word equivalent per student) 

N/AOtherCombinedNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Individual research article plan (250 word equivalent) 

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo5 SILO1, SILO2

Individual research article (1500 word equivalent) 

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2

Journal club presentation (450 word equivalent) 

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2

Employability portfolio (450 word equivalent) 

N/APortfolioIndividualNo10 SILO4