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SC5909 - Minor Project and Seminar

Credit points: 9
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Candidates will design and conduct a small discrete project. The topic will be selected after consultation with the appropriate supervisor(s) and the Course Coordinator. Candidates will be required to write up the results of their research in the form of a scientific paper. In addition, the candidate will give a summative research project seminar to staff and peers. The seminar should include critical appraisal of the objectives, methodology, results and future directions of the project. To enrol in this subject, candidates must have achieved a minimum GPA of 5.5 within their current JCU course, have completed the majority of their other course requirements, attained a supervisor and identified a suitable project in consultation with the supervisor. To request enrolment in this subject, students need to complete the college's application form at the end of their preceding coursework semester.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a critical and rigorous approach to framing and addressing research questions;
  • demonstrate skills required for independent research, especially with respect to sampling design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation relevant to the field of research;
  • demonstrate appropriate methodological and analytical approaches relevant to their field of research;
  • demonstrate experience in problem-solving and scientific decision-making.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Research report - (85%) - Individual.
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline in the natural sciences or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study or industry experience. They should have an excellent understanding of science subjects within their discipline


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.