Major Research Project

BIO80003 25 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 120 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

Higher Ed. Semester 2

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24


Assumed knowledge:
Biology, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to expose students to an actual hands-on research on animal, plant, or microbial biotechnology using a capstone project of their choice, directly mentored by research experts in the field. This unit will train students to conduct biotechnology experiments in an unstructured environment, with the aim of developing research skills related to experimental design and interpretation through to writing about their research outcome and presenting them to their peers.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Formulate a project proposal, incorporating an in-depth review of the scientific literature.
2. Maintain an accurate and useful record of activities in the laboratory, focusing on the development of experimental design, as well as generation, analysis and interpretation of data.
3. Demonstrate practical skills in a number of laboratory techniques used in biotechnology.
4. Exhibit an understanding of the use of these techniques in developing new applications in biotechnology.
5. Show awareness of the scientific concerns, the need for critical thinking, and the ethical, legal and social issues associated with some of the technology.
6. Recognise the relevance of their study to current developments and future trends in biotechnology.