Veterinary Bioscience Research Project

Subject VETS40016 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is an individual research project and weekly contact hours will vary depending on the nature of the project. There is an expectation of 9-5 working day for the overall honours program commitment, including regular contact with project supervisor.
Total Time Commitment:

Students should discuss total time commitment with their supervisor but as a guide, a student would be expected to be engaged in their research for an average of thirty hours per week over two semesters.


Students must be admitted to either the Bachelor of Science (Honours) or the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) in order to be eligible for this subject.


Students, in consultation with their supervisor or the Veterinary Bioscience Honours Coordinator, will enrol in one of the following subjects (dependent on the nature of their research project):

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students should have a sound understanding of broader biological science and an appreciation of the research process.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on their academic performance are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Jason White
Veterinary Bioscience Honours Coordinator
Faculty of Veterinary Science
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
+61 (0)3 8344 7367

Subject Overview:

This honours research project aims to develop a student's ability to design and undertake a substantial body of work, to find solutions to a particular problem, and to report on this in written and verbal form. Project definition is completed shortly after commencement of the semester of enrolment in the subject, and requires approval from the subject coordinator.

Students who enrol in this 50-point subject in one semester will enrol in the 25-point Veterinary Bioscience Research Project (VETS40015) in the other semester of their course to ensure they have completed a total of 75 points for the research project by the end of their course.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who have completed this subject should have acquired:
• An understanding of the scientific process including the research methodologies necessary to design and interpret experiments;
• Appropriate knowledge and the ability to critically evaluate knowledge gained from a range of scientific sources;
• The ability to disseminate scientific information;
• Skills to effectively analyse, and scientifically evaluate scientific problems and reach appropriate solutions;
• The ability to collect and interpret data for interpretation; and
• An understanding of the research methodologies necessary to design and interpret experiments.

  • Project proposal (Hurdle)
    1-2 page outline of the project to be submitted 4-6 weeks from commencement of Semester 1
  • Proposal seminar (Hurdle)
    15-minute presentation based on the proposal to be given 4-6 weeks from commencement of Semester 1
  • Final presentation (20%)
    30-minute presentation to be given 2 weeks before the end of Semester 2
  • Thesis (80%)
    Thesis of no more than 20,000 words to be submitted for examination during the last week of Semester 2
Prescribed Texts:

Students will conduct a literature review as part of their research project.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who have completed this subject should have acquired:
• an ability to evaluate scientific and professional literature;
• the ability to use conceptual models to rationalize experimental data;
• a capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in written and oral presentations;
• a capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed experimental work; and
• a capacity to enhance teamwork skills as required, and respect for integrity in the conduct and reporting of scientific investigations.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Honours Program - Veterinary Bioscience

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