Biochemical Engineering Minor Thesis

Subject BIEN90003 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 200 hours of supervised research
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated 400 hours


Students must have achieved a grade of at least 75% in the following subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Credit will not be obtained for both this subject and the following subject

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:


Candidates will undertake as individuals a high level investigative research project which could involve a critical literature review, experimental research and/or development, theoretical modelling, process simulation and/or the solution of an industrial problem. Rigorous planning and scheduling of the project, time management, technical communication, interpretation of results and team work will be required.

This subject is designed for students who have demonstrated an ability to undertake a research project to a high standard and who wish to continue and extend the project to another semester. The subject is well-suited to students intending to undertake a research higher degree on completion of their Masters program.


The exact content covered in the subject will depend to some extent on the nature of the research project. Topics covered will most probably include literature searches, laboratory safety, risk assessment, data modelling, data analysis, error analysis and report writing.

Learning Outcomes:


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  • Develop expertise in the methodologies of research in Biomolecular Engineering
  • Plan and conduct an individual research project
  • Present in writing and orally the results of their research

  • A written report of approximately 35 pages, not including appendices, diagrams, tables, computations and computer output (50%)
  • A 30 minute oral presentation supported either by powerpoint slides or a poster (25%)
  • Assessment of the quality of the student's research work (25%).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 and 2 will be assessed through the student's performance in research workspace.

ILOs 2 and 3 will be assessed through the student's presentation and written report.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • The ability to plan work and use time effectively. Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity
  • Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship



Students will receive one-on-one instruction on how to complete an open-ended research project on some topic in biomolecular engineering. Students will take responsibility for their time management setting priorities and establishing a program that will allow them to complete their project within the time allowed.


Students will be guided throughout their project by one or two researchers associated with the research activity that they have been assigned to. These researchers will be their guides and mentors on the project. Students will also be provided with access to key relevant research papers. They will be expected to identify further material which they will be able to access through the University Library system. Students will also have access to appropriate software packages.


This subject will prepare students well for a career in research, laying a solid foundation for a research higher degree program.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Biochemical)

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