Honours Program - Zoology

Major/Minor/Specialisation !BH-SCI-MAJ+1017 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016


Assoc Prof Andrew Pask
School of BioSciences


Email: a.pask@unimelb.edu.au


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

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.

Honours in Zoology is available as start of year intake only.

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 zoological 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.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • conducting research in zoology;
  • 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; and
  • developing a justified budget for their proposed research.
Structure & Available Subjects:

Students must complete 75 points of research.

Students must complete 25 points of coursework.

Subject Options:

Research component

Students enrol in a total of 75 points of research project across the duration of the Honours program. This is achieved by enrolling in the following subject across two consecutive semesters to achieve a total 75 credit points.

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

Coursework component

Students must complete the following subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Plus one of the following

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Or an alternative coursework subject with the approval of the Honours coordinator.

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