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Unit Overview


The research project unit/s are taken over two consecutive semesters for full-time enrolment or up to four consecutive semesters for part-time enrolment. Students may commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2.

The objective of the unit is to provide students with an opportunity to resolve a major research question within a supervised project. Students undertake their research using methods appropriate to the objective and aims of their project and are expected to produce high quality results. Students will analyse and interpret their results and present the research outcomes in the context of existing knowledge as a research thesis. Students will also present their key findings via a research seminar. The unit provides the research and project management skills necessary for a career in research-related environments as well as a range of government and private industry sectors where these skills are highly valued.

36 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face

Students are able to (1) plan,manage and undertake a supervised research project for a successful and timely completion; (2) demonstrate the ability to generate high quality results using appropriate methods; (3) analyse and interpret their results and synthesise them using methodsof presentation that are appropriate for their fied of study; (4) demonstrate understanding of their research outcomes within the context of existing knowledge in their field of study; and (5) organise and present their scientific results orally and in writing via a thesis presented as a scientific paper.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a research seminar (pass/fail) and (2) a research thesis presented as a scientific paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Annette George
Contact hours
No formal contact – students work under the guidance of their project supervisors to undertake the research to completion of the thesis by the due date.
  • 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.