Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL410
Subject Name Conservation Biology Project
Credit Points 48
Pre-Requisites Completion of 144 cp of the Bachelor of Conservation Biology, Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours), Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Advanced) or Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours) (Deanís Scholar)
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Restricted to students who have met the minimum progression requirements
Equivalence Not to count with BIOL411 and/or BIOL412; BIOL426 and/or BIOL427
Assessment Initial Seminar 0%; Literature review 10%; Scientific Paper 10%; Final Seminar 10% and Thesis 70%
General Subject No.

Subject Description
Students will incorporate database searches, statistics and scientific writing to conduct a comprehensive literature review on a subject relevant to their Honours project, and develop a specific Honours project proposal. Students will then undertake a research project under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff. They will develop laboratory and/or field skills in collecting data and interpreting the results. The topic of research is initially proposed by the supervisor(s), but may be modified in consultation with the individual student. Students will write a thesis on their supervised research project, and present their results in a seminar.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. access a range of campus resources relating to research;
2. comprehensively review the scientific literature on a topic relevant to their Honours research project;
3. develop an Honours project proposal;
4. design and perform experiments that contribute new information to a scientific area of relevance to conservation biology;
5. critically analyse the results of their experiments, interrogating their data using a range of statistical approaches;
6. communicate the outcomes of their research project to other conservation biologists, both in written and oral form.