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Honours units

Further information


You can commence honours in first semester.

The School has two honours programs; Anatomy and Human Biology and Physiology. Despite the different unit enrolment, students complete the same program for both. Students can also undertake Neuroscience Honours within the school, but this program is separate.

Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology Honours consists of eight units;

APHB4001 Research in Context

APHB4002 Research Design and Analysis

APHB4003 Advanced Experimental Techniques

APHB5514/APHB5515/APHB5516/APHB5517 Research Project Part 1 &2

APHB4008 Scientific Communication

Some students may also be enrolled into AACE1000 a compulsory unit about ethical scholarship.

ANHB7700, or PHYL7700 will be automatically added to your enrolment and indicates you are enrolled in the Anatomy and Human Biology or Physiology honours program. It is not assessed, but is important. Please don’t withdraw from it.

The units are organised into two parts to allow them to be taken over two semesters. No final result will be provided for Part 1. Providing progress is satisfactory at the end of your first semester, Part 1 will receive an AC grading which is permission to continue to Part 2.

Honours project proposal and seminar

In the unit, under the guidance of their supervisors, students develop their project proposal. This includes a summary of the proposed project, a critical review of the literature, formulation of hypotheses, and a description of the methods used including the experimental and/or sampling design and any laboratory, field and statistical methods.

Students develop writing skills in this context by preparing a written on page Overview of Proposal at an early stage, followed by the more extensive Project Plan. Students also develop oral presentation skills including a 10-minute Proposal Seminar to standards expected at a national scientific conference. It is compulsory for students to attend the School’s seminar series.

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Honours assignment and final seminar

Honours students are expected to attend the School’s postgraduate student’s research day (Student EXPO) in July. As well as broadening their scientific knowledge, these seminar presentations provide examples of research design, interpretation and presentation of results, and processes that can be applied to the student’s own research project. A broad range of topics will be presented often quite different from the student’s particular project and may provide novel approaches to their own work.

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Research dissertation

In this unit students produce a dissertation and undertake an oral defence (viva) of the dissertation. The dissertation includes an abstract of the proposed project, an introduction, a critical review of the relevant literature, aims and hypotheses, materials and methods including the experimental and/or sampling design and any laboratory, field and statistical methods, results, discussion and bibliography.

Students acquire sound research skills which include the critical analysis of literature, experimental design, acquisition of specialised techniques, analysis and interpretation of results, and presentation of findings.

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