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Short Research Project B (FRST90076)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeFRST90076
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject enables students to conduct an original research topic, under supervision approved by the subject coordinator. The work commitment will be equivalent to lecture and practical based subjects worth 25 points. The content and extent of the project will be determined by a project supervisor in consultation with the student and subject coordinator. Students are strongly encouraged to initiate project ideas within existing networks or to identify a project topic of keen interest, through discussion with subject coordinator, prior to subject commencement. The project represents a capstone subject and comprises a review of a body of relevant literature, together with a critical evaluation of research or experimental protocols, a modest original experiment, or limited exploration of a scientific problem, or an investigation into a problem using an approved methodology. Following an initial workshop to establish subject expectations, deliverables and skill base requirements, projects may involve regular one hour meetings with their supervisor where students report on progress, difficulties and research plans. Other workshops will deliver skill development in oral and written report presentation.

Please note that students should enrol into both the Semester 1 and Semester 2 availabilities of this 12.5 subject to achieve the combined 25 point credit total.

Intended learning outcomes

The assignments include a project proposal, researching an area of importance to an industry related to your degree. This will include a synopsis of the literature to provide context and rationale, together with an approach or protocol for a modest original experiment, a limited exploration of a scientific problem or other investigation. The proposal is a hurdle requirement and a pass (50% or more) is required in order to continue with the subject. Final reports and oral presentation will occur at the end of the semester and orals will involve a mini-symposium where findings will be presented to project stakeholders and the student cohort.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students will have:

  • the capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations, and to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community;
  • the ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline; and
  • the capacity to develop independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research.

Eligibility and requirements


Eligibility for honours or postgraduate degree - Undertaking a research project is conditional upon obtaining approval from a supervisor with consideration to appropriate subjects undertaken in their Masters



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Project Proposal (1500 words) due end of week 4 in the semester (10%)
  • Thesis (5,000 - 10,000 words) due in the exam period in the semester of enrolment (75%)
  • Oral Presentation (15 minutes) due by the end of the examination period in the second semester of enrolment (15%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorPatrick Lane
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment300 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019
  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorPatrick Lane
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment300 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

Students should expect to commit a total of 300 hours to this subject over the year. Students may be required to attend a weekly workshop.

Additional delivery details

Please note that this subject is a continuing subject run over the year. Students should enrol in both the Semester 1 and Semester 2 availability of this subject. Please see your student centre for assistance. Students wishing to complete this subject over one semester should enrol into FRST90077 Long Research Project B.

Enrollment in the subject is contingent on the availability of a supervisor and approval of the proposed project by the Subject Coordinator. A suitable supervisor may not be available in any given semester. Students wishing to be considered for this subject must complete a Research Project Approval form and submit it to the Academic Support Officer in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Science sefs-aso@unimelb.edu.au. This form must be signed by the relevant supervisor.

Further information - http://courses.science.unimelb.edu.au/study/degrees/master-of-forest-ecosystem-science/overview

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 9 November 2018