HRS411 Science Honours Research Foundations (8)

In this subject, students will build foundational knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue a research project. With guidance and feedback from their supervisor(s), students will identify a clear research question, and design a research study to answer it; which they will explain and defend in a written research proposal. Students will also critically review existing literature related to their research question, and write a narrative literature review that explains (a)  how their planned research will build on existing knowledge and (b) why their planned research is worth doing. 


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HRS411. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in a Bachelor Honours degree or a stand-alone Honours degree [Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours) Integrated Honours, Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) Integrated Honours, Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) Integrated Honours]

Assumed Knowledge

Students enrolling in this subject are expected to have discussed and agreed on at least a broad research project topic with their Honours supervisor(s).

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to strategically acquire and critically review existing research on a given topic;
  • be able to, with supervisor approval, identify a clear, specific research question, which can feasibly be addressed in an Honours-level research project;
  • be able to, with supervisor guidance, explain how their research question will be addressed, explicitly acknowledging relevant time and resource constraints and any contingency planning;
  • be able to, with guidance, justify their choice of sample, recruitment strategy, data collection, and/or data analysis plan, as relevant, in relation to their question and any relevant ethical considerations; and
  • be able to construct a convincing written argument regarding (a) how a proposed study will build on or strengthen existing research and (b) why this study should be conducted.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • How to acquire and critically review the existing literature on a topic;
  • Ethical considerations in research;
  • How to write a feasible, methodologically sound research proposal; and
  • How to write a critical, convincing narrative literature review.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.