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Unit Overview


This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the unit. Students commence the unit APHB4001 semester 1 and APHB4008 semester 2.

Part 1 consists of supervisor-supported identification and reading of the literature relevant to the area of research, development of a critical review of the literature and, where appropriate, a specific set of aims and hypotheses. Students receive formal instruction in the practice of scientific writing and complete formative writing exercises prior to submission of a written research proposal encompassing a literature review, aims and hypotheses and experimental design.

Part 2 consists of a series of instructional tutorials with the whole honours group, individual students, with the guidance of their supervisors, present a final seminar to the School. Students also complete an oral defence of the research dissertation. Participation in research group meetings, if available, and an appropriate formal research meeting such as APHB HDR Student Expo, SWAN or equivalent is also required.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Anatomy and Human Biology; Neuroscience; Physiology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) critically evaluate current knowledge within a specific area of anatomy, physiology or human biology; (2) recognise gaps in the knowledge of a field which could be addressed within a few months of research; (3) appreciate the place of their research topic within the theoretical field and within the methodological spectrum; (4) communicate scientific ideas in written format; (5) identify key findings and choose relevant information for communication; (6) demonstrate intellectual 'ownership' of the piece of research completed; (7) orally communicate their research findings; (8) identify key findings and choose relevant information for communication; (9) appreciate the role of communication of scientific ideas in sustaining scientific progress; and (10) gather, winnow and interpret scientific data.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal; (2) final seminar presentation; and (3) an oral defence of scientific research. 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)
Professor Shane Maloney and Associate Professor Cyril Grueter
Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
or BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
or HON-PHYGY Physiology
or HON-NEURS Neuroscience
or HON-ANHBY Anatomy and Human Biology
Successful completion of
or Enrolment in
APHB5516 Honours Dissertation Part 3
or NEUR5516 Neuroscience Honours Dissertation Part 3
and Successful completion of
or Enrolment in
APHB5517 Honours Dissertation Part 4
or NEUR5517 Neuroscience Honours Dissertation Part 4
Contact hours
scheduled meetings with supervisors to plan, develop and review the research project and its scientific context: approximately 1 hour per week
formal research meetings: approximately 1 hour per week
tutorials to formally develop written and oral communication skills: approximately 1 hour per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.