Courses & Units

Biological Sciences Research Unit KPZ304


Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2020. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.


Enrolment depends on availability of a suitable project, supervisor and resources. Please note that several schools offer 3rd year research units. Only one of these research units can be taken in any single semester and students can only include two research units within the BSc.

This unit is classed as a restricted unit which requires unit co-ordinator approval for enrolment.


This unit is restricted to students who have achieved the minimum level of a Credit in both KZA211 and KZA212 and at least two more second level science units, and who are undertaking a major in Zoology, and for whom a suitable project and supervisor are available. Enrolment is at the discretion of the Unit Coordinator. The unit consists of an independent research project in Zoology. It will involve approximately 80 contact hours planning, conducting, analysing and reporting on a research topic negotiated between the student and the supervising academic. Projects will generally be restricted to those offered by staff although other projects may be considered subject to prior agreement between the student, supervisor, unit co-ordinator and Head of School. Students who wish to enrol must contact the unit coordinator, A/Prof. Mark Hovenden, and are also advised to talk directly to potential supervisors. Conditional on the agreement of the supervisor, students can undertake this unit in any semester, but it must be completed within that semester.


Unit name Biological Sciences Research Unit
Unit code KPZ304
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology

A/Prof. Mark Hovenden

Teaching staff

School of Biological Sciences staff

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


This unit is currently unavailable.


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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010999

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    Must be undertaking a major in Biological Sciences and completed one of KPA214, KPZ211, KZA212 or KPZ215


Teaching Pattern

One semester long. Pattern of contact hours subject to negotiation with supervisor.


Written report: 70%; Research Journal: 30%

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