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SCI4402 Science Honours Project B

Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 3
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences

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Examiner: John Dearnaley
Moderator: Mark Lynch


A substantial programme of research will be performed by the student, the prime purpose being to give the student experience in carrying out scientific research.


This course involves students in a research project which will be supervised by a member of staff with appropriate expertise. It may consist of pure or developmental research in an important area of science and be based on experimental work conducted either within the University or elsewhere in conjunction with a government or private organisation. At the conclusion of their research program students are required to submit a detailed research dissertation. Overall Honours grades will be determined in accordance with Department of Biological and Physical Sciences Honours program guidelines.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate competence through practical experience in the performance of original scientific research;
  2. demonstrate their understanding of real-world practical problems and the limitations these place on scientific advances;
  3. demonstrate expertise in critically reviewing scientific literature and placing their research results in the context of published findings;
  4. demonstrate expertise in scientific writing and data presentation, through production of an Honours dissertation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Conduct research activities within a defined research project. 75.00
2. Preparation and submission of a dissertation describing the research conducted. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Such journals, monographs and other printed materials appropriate for the research topic chosen.

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SCI HONOURS DISSERTATION 100 100 21 Jul 2015 (see note 1)

  1. Examiner to advise the due date of the Honours Dissertation.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete the dissertation satisfactorily students must gain at least 50% of the marks available.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, students must satisfactorily complete the dissertation.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Final grades for students will be determined on the basis of marks obtained for the dissertation.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Further information regarding the Science Project is given in the current version of the Biology Honours Guidelines.

  2. Science Honours Dissertation: Four typed unbound copies of the research dissertation, presented in the format typical of a post-graduate dissertation, must be submitted to the examiner of this course by the due date. Following the examination, the dissertation will be returned to the student for correction (to their supervisor's satisfaction and any requirements of the Department's Research and Higher Degree Committee). Following correction, four copies of the dissertation, bound to University requirements, are to be submitted to the course Examiner who will then process the student's final grade for this course. All students will be awarded a grade of "IDM" (incomplete, further work required) until either the bound dissertation, or evidence of binding, is provided to the course examiner.