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Biotechnology Research Project (SCIE90016)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSCIE90016
Year Long
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides students with the opportunity to design and conduct independent research under supervision. Specific research projects will depend upon the availability of appropriate expertise, but may address a broad range of biotechnology issues.

Students will also develop skills in writing scientific reports and giving oral presentations.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing this subject students should have:

  • discovered the challenge of research in biotechnology;
  • a deeper knowledge of biotechnology;
  • completed a substantial piece of research; and
  • a sound preparation for future research in biotechnology.

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • problem-solving skills including the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems, identify relevant solution strategies and conduct research;
  • analytical skills through the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis;
  • presentation skills, both written and oral; and
  • time management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments.

Eligibility and requirements


Students must have obtained an H1 average for subjects completed in their first year of Masters study. Students should contact the subject coordinator for permission to enrol



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



Undertaken by supervisor. A 500 word research proposal at the end teaching week 3, semester 1 (10%), a 10 minute oral presentation on findings to date within the host department at the end of week 28 (10%), a thesis up to 10,000 words at the end of week 42 teaching week 12, semester (80%).

Dates & times

  • Year Long
    Principal coordinatorMatthew Digby
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursRegular meetings with supervisor, one hour weekly or fortnightly.
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Year Long contact information

Time commitment details

Distribution of time between specific tasks will be decided in negotiation with the supervisor, but an overall weekly commitment of 10 hours per week is expected over 36 weeks.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

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

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019