The honours year is regarded primarily as a period of training in independent research and its evaluation. Secondary aims are to deepen the candidate's understanding of a particular area of their field of study and to enable them to present and critically evaluate scientific data.
The program can be seen to provide development of a candidate's:
Successful completion of the honours course will be invaluable whether the student engages in teaching, work as a researcher, moves on to a PhD or continues in any other technical capacity. Fourth year students are expected to exhibit and develop skills different from those shown in previous years. Assessment in Honours is mainly on the basis of their ability to carry through a research project under supervision. The coursework component contributes a valuable extension to existing undergraduate skills and knowledge.
Candidates will necessarily be allocated topics of different complexity and technical difficulty. A candidate who attacks a difficult or diffuse problem with tenacity, experimental dexterity and thoughtfulness may gain a high grade even if few definitive results are obtained.
In many cases the honours year is seen by staff as the focal point of an undergraduate teaching course. The skills learnt or refined during the honours year undoubtedly find value in all aspects of life, not just in the application of scientific knowledge or in employment. Please feel free to consult with any staff member on aspects of the honours program.
Authorised by the Head of School, Human Life Sciences
4 October, 2011