Courses & Units

Research Project KAA308

While most students will complete their research project within a discipline of the University, some research projects will involve placement in an external organisation.


This unit consists of an independent research project in any of the disciplines of the College of Science and Engineering. It will involve approximately 130 hours planning, conducting, analysing and reporting on a research topic negotiated between the student and the supervising academic. To enroll, the student should first approach suitable supervisors and the Unit Coordinator to discuss projects. Enrolment is only possible with approval of the Unit Coordinator and supervisor. Students will not usually be considered without satisfactory completion of two relevant intermediate (2nd year) units.


Unit name Research Project
Unit code KAA308
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Doctor Abigail Smith
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Summer school On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Spring school On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
Summer school 2/1/2024 15/1/2024 30/1/2024 25/2/2024
Spring school 28/10/2024 12/11/2024 5/12/2024 12/1/2025

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Plan a STEM research project in response to a negotiated problem
  • Manage and effectively implement an appropriate research method for the selected project, through working safely and ethically under academic guidance
  • Collect and accurately record scientific data
  • Interpret scientific data logically and draw sound conclusions from those data
  • Report scientific results, placing these into the context of the current state of scientific understanding and explaining their wider relevance, in the form of a formal scientific publication.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

No formal classes. Attendance as negotiated between student and supervisor/s.  The student will spend approximately 130 hours planning, conducting, analysing and reporting on the project. In most cases, students will be working on campus and/or at some existing research site.

AssessmentProject proposal (research plan) (10%)|Research journal (30%)|Final report (60%)
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There is no text book for this unit


A recommended reading list will be provided by the project supervisor(s), as requested or required.

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