HRS421 Science Honours Research Commencement (16)

In this subject, students will begin their planned Honours research activities, under the guidance of their Honours supervisor(s). Through engaging in their research project, students will develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence as a novice researcher. This may include knowledge and skills to obtain the ethics approval required to commence their data collection, if their research involves humans/animals. Through regular communication with their supervisor(s), students will also have opportunities to reflect on their research practices, experiences, and learning. This subject is an alternative to HRS422, which is identical to this subject except that students are allocated less time to engage in research activities in that subject; in HRS421, more research activity is required to be indicated in the student's progress reports.


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: HRS421. 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

Prior to enrolling in this subject, students should have or be developing a research plan, which is or will soon be ready to start actioning under the guidance of their supervisor(s). 

Subject Relationships

HRS422 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to, with supervisor guidance, obtain ethics approval (if necessary) and begin collecting and/or analysing data to address a research question;
  • be able to, in regular supervision conversations, reflect on their research progress, including strengths and skills they are developing, issues they have encountered, and problem-solving they have engaged in; and
  • be able to succinctly report on their research progress in a way that shows increasing independence as a novice researcher.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Strategies for establishing and maintaining a successful research-supervision relationship;
  • Ethical considerations, including how to apply for ethical approval to begin data collection in human/animal research, if applicable; and
  • The importance of regular supervision conversations, ongoing self-progress monitoring, a constructive problem solving approach, and help-seeking when needed, for novice researchers.

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.