Courses & Units

Introduction to Research and Design Experience KAA207

Hobart, Launceston


This unit is only available as part of the Bachelor of Philosophy (X3P).


This unit provides students with an opportunity to be engaged in a research or design project in a laboratory or field setting in STEM. The aim of the unit is to provide an experience that will immerse students in the culture of a research or design group in STEM and enable students to gain insights and skills associated with working effectively, under supervision, on an authentic research or design activity. The project outputs will be presented as a poster or equivalent to an academic audience.

This Introduction to Research and Design Experience unit consists of 6 to 8 weeks (ca. 300 hours) project activity, or equivalent.


Unit name Introduction to Research and Design Experience
Unit code KAA207
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology

Mark Hovenden (Biological Sciences)

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Spring school (extended) On-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Spring school (extended) On-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 26/10/2020 18/11/2020 21/12/2020 14/2/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Plan a research or design project in response to a predetermined problem in STEM supported by relevant information

2. Implement a predetermined design and method to undertake a project under the guidance of a supervisor

3. Complete a research or design project through working effectively, responsibly, safely and ethically in an individual or team context

4. Collect, accurately record, interpret scientific or design data derived from own investigation or provided by others

5. Communicate your research or design project results to an academic audience as a conference poster or equivalent



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $2,381.00 2020: $5,566.00 019999

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Completion of 100 credit points in a Bachelor Degree


Teaching Pattern

The unit consists of 6 to 8 weeks (ca. 300 hours) project activity, or equivalent.

Tuition pattern will be discussed by the unit coordinator with students, as it will vary with the duration of the study period in which the unit is undertaken.


AT1 – Plan a research or design activity in response to a pre-determined problem, 20%;

AT2 - Undertake a research or design project under guidance of a supervisor, 60%;

AT3 - Communicate a research or design project as a poster or equivalent, 20%

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