This unit provides the opportunity for high-achieving students to work with an academic supervisor and complete a short research project in biochemistry and molecular cell biology.
On completion of this unit, students will have acquired the skills to review scientific literature in biochemistry and molecular biology, including the ability to identify key information in this area, access databases for provision of information, present oral reports, and construct a written report. They will learn to plan a project, including the ability to adjust planning as events and results dictate, manage workloads to meet deadlines, and work with a significant degree of independence while maintaining efficient and meaningful communication with a project supervisor. They will perform routine laboratory measurements and manipulations, conduct appropriate statistical analysis of results, and gain experience in the use of technical word processing packages and graphics software.
Prof Rod Devenish
Organisation of the unit
This unit may be taken in either first or second semester.
The research project may be chosen from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. The unit convenor and supervisor must approve the project topic at the time of enrolment. Students will work in a research laboratory on campus to obtain data, in order to write up their final report. Assessment comprises a written literature review and final report, and two oral presentations on the work.
Students must have completed all first and second level units in their approved major, and be able to demonstrate that they have an appropriate project and supervisor/s. 12 points of study in the discipline area at 2nd year level and a Distinction average over 24 points at second year level are required. In exceptional circumstances, a student with a 65-69 average over all 2nd year subjects may be accepted.
How to apply:
Students are strongly encouraged to work in a research area that interests them. The Research Projects Handbook lists potential supervisors and summarizes research going on in the department. Eligible students should first contact potential supervisor(s) and obtain in-principle agreement that they can be hosted in the laboratory. Student and supervisor should then fill out a BCH3990 application form for approval by the unit convenor. Once approval has been granted enrolment can be completed by submitting a Unit Amendment Form and Project Unit Permission form through the appropriate Faculty Office. Note that enrolments cannot be completed on-line.
BCH3990 Application Form (pdf)
Unit Amendment Form (required once your application has been accepted)
Project Unit Permission Form
Contact: Prof Rod Devenish Email: email@example.com