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Unit Overview


This unit includes an induction process which contains demonstrations relating to safety procedures and responsibilities in the use of laboratories, special equipment and chemicals, in field work and in the use of vehicles. Instruction is provided in issues relating to human and animal ethics, confidentiality and other legal requirements governing research. The core of the unit consists of supervisor supported identification and reading of the literature relevant to a selected area of Zoology, development of a critical review of the literature and, where appropriate, a specific set of aims and hypotheses. Students receive formal instruction in searching data bases such as Web of Science, the practice of scientific writing and complete formative writing exercises prior to submission of a literature review. Students also receive training in critically evaluating, analysing and interpreting Zoology literature by engaging in a formal process of peer-review; the written review of a fellow student's literature review draft.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate the ability to use web-based literature searching; (2) critically evaluate current knowledge within a specific area of Zoology; (3) recognise gaps in the knowledge of a field which could be addressed within research dissertation; (4) identify key findings and to choose relevant information for communication; (5) critically evaluate and interpret novel information; and (6) communicate scientific ideas in written/oral format.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review and research proposal; (2) proposal seminar; and (3) peer review of literature review drafts. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Amanda Ridley and Dr Jan Hemmi
Unit rules
enrolment in
Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
ANIM5001 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 1
Contact hours
organised meetings with supervisors to plan, develop and review the research project and its scientific context
tutorials for literature search, research safety and animal ethics and scientific writing
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