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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

18 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.375 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Full year 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Graham Jenkin


The part time Honours unit aims to develop analytic abilities, research skills, and communication skills, as well as provide students with advanced knowledge in specific areas of stem cell technologies and tissue repair, immunology, germ cells, embryology, or ovarian and fetal physiology. In this unit, training is in the context of a scientific project, with an aim to train students in cutting edge scientific techniques as well as developing broad generic skills. Students undertake a supervised research project of a publishable standard that forms the basis of a thesis due at the end of the year. Students will also present seminars on their research throughout the unit.


On completion of the unit, students will be able to critically review the scientific literature in their specialist area of study; understand the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a relevant research project; be able to complete and analyse a set of laboratory-based or other appropriate studies; be proficient in computer based data acquisition (where appropriate), critical analysis of results, appropriate presentation, and scientific word processing; demonstrate communication skills in both oral and written presentations, including the ability to write and present scientific work in a potentially publishable way; have acquired a range of technical skills and attitudes appropriate to their specialist area of study; have demonstrated the capability to perform a variety of scientific procedures and techniques that are essential to the satisfactory completion and reporting of a research project; have the demonstrated the potential to pursue higher studies and learning in the relevant area of study.


Assessment will be a submission of a research proposal: 75%
One seminar: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ann Chidgey

Contact hours

To be advised by honours co-ordinator


A distinction average in 24 points at level 3 from PHY, ANT, IMM, PHA, DEV, GEN or BCH or an approved relevant discipline; OR 18 points from PHY, ANT, IMM, PHA, DEV, GEN or BCH and 6 points from an approved relevant discipline.