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Informal specialisationYear: 2019

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Honours in Biosciences is a one-year program designed to extend students' knowledge and skills through a supervised research project together with advanced coursework in biosciences disciplines.

Admission requirements

In addition to satisfying the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) or the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) entry requirements, students are required to have completed stream specific prerequisite.

This program provides students with the opportunity to design and conduct, under supervision, independent research. Specific research projects will depend upon the availability of appropriate expertise, but may address a broad spectrum of BioScience issues. Students will take responsibility for a research project, including the design of rigorous sampling programs; field and/or laboratory experiments; collection, appropriate statistical analysis, and interpretation of data; and providing oral and written presentations of the results. Students will assimilate and critically evaluate new knowledge within a scientific paradigm, and communicate that knowledge to others. Students should also develop skills in managing a scientific research project, writing scientific reports, providing and responding to peer reviews, and making an oral presentation. Students also complete two coursework subjects, which provide specific training in experimental design, statistical analysis, critical review of research papers and presentation of oral reports.

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives of this subject are to provide students with skills in:

  • conducting research in biosciences disciplines;
  • designing rigorous experimental and sampling programs;
  • taking responsibility for managing a research project;
  • preparing and giving an oral and written presentation of the results;
  • expressing persuasive intellectual, scientific arguments;
  • assimilating and critically evaluating existing knowledge within a scientific paradigm.
Last updated: 14 November 2018