SCIH14001 - Honours Preparation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will allow you to start to develop your Honours research area, including the development of a relevant and appropriate topic of study. You will develop specific skills in the critical analysis of the literature, research design, and written and oral communication.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 0%
2. Written Assessment 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Students feedback via email
Students were unable to join tutorials despite wanting to, due to work commitments.
It is recommended that alternate timings of tutorials are provided each week to cover key discussion points with all students.
Action Taken
Students were asked about their preferences, and times for drop in tutorials set accordingly.
Source: Self-reflection and staff feedback
Number of topic relevant second markers had not assessed the Honours unit before and were concerned about their preparedness to do so.
It is recommended that to avoid going through the process with new staff late in the unit, supervisors should nominate markers early in the term so the Unit Coordinator can discuss marking requirements early.
Action Taken
The Unit Coordinator ensured all markers were nominated in sufficient time to successfully finalise grades prior to the grades meeting.
Source: Self-reflection and discussion with Head of Course.
Supervisors appreciated the early notification to nominate markers.
It is recommended to continue to provide notification to supervisors of the need nominate markers as early as possible.
Action Taken
Source: Student discussion.
Students appreciated the flexibility of times for drop in tutorial sessions.
It is recommended to continue to offer flexible times for drop in tutorial sessions for students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Search the literature utilising a wide range of library resources and online services
  2. Formulate and present a written proposal on a suitable research topic
  3. Demonstrate technical knowledge relevant to the topic
  4. Effectively communicate the background literature and proposed methodology relating to your chosen project to an educated non-specialist audience
  5. Undertake an oral presentation on the chosen topic.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment