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The Science Research Project is an individual program of supervised research in which the student, in consultation with a supervisor, contributes to the design, execution and presentation of a research project. The project may be ‘stand-alone’ or part of a larger research program being undertaken by the supervisor. The specific details of the project, including its scope and the compilation, analysis and presentation of the results, are negotiated with the supervisor and, as appropriate, the Science Research Project Coordinator(s). Students can undertake a project in most disciplines within the Faculty of Science, and should approach a potential supervisor within a discipline area that is aligned to their research interests. Students will receive feedback on their progress through ongoing consultation with their supervisor.
This subject provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience of scientific research, and is intended for undergraduate students who have achieved excellent results in the discipline related to the project. Undertaking the Science Research Project provides invaluable insights for students considering a career in scientific research.
Intended learning outcomes
- Locating and synthesising information from the literature in order to establish the aims, scope and context of the research project
- Develop a rigorous experiment, sampling program and/or model that addresses the aims of the project
- Collecting and analysing data (qualitative and quantitative) including an assessment, where appropriate, of the statistical inference of the research results
- Interpreting patterns in data, and placing these insights into the broader conceptual framework of the discipline
- Communicating a rational, lucid, scientific argument in a written report and either as an oral or poster presentation
- Developing project management skills
- Managing the time allocated to complete specific tasks
- Written and oral communication of the results in an accessible and logical format
- Appreciation of the broad principles of ethical scientific research
Last updated: 5 August 2020