WSC501 Viticulture and Oenology Research Proposal (8)

Students will prepare and defend in writing a detailed research proposal including a literature review, methodology and budget in preparation for the research conducted in the dissertation subject WSC502 Advanced Viticulture/Oenology Dissertation or WSC503 Viticulture/Oenology Dissertation. The proposal will include relevant CSU ethics approval.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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 Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Viticulture and Oenology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Demonstrate a systematic up-to-date understanding of a field of research based on writing a critical review of published scientific, technological and industrial literature
  • Identify significant current problems in the chosen field of research
  • Based on the critical review, synthesise a research question (hypothesis) that addresses a current problem in the chosen field of research
  • Prepare a research plan that is able to test the research question (hypothesis) using appropriate methodologies and techniques
  • Plan the execution of the research plan, demonstrating a high level of research management skills including resource, time and data management, scientific ethics and risk management


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Identifying the key steps in research planning.
- Identifying a general field of research, including the issue to be investigated in the research project.
- Writing a testable hypothesis that will form the basis of the research activities.
- Writing a literature review on the topic of the research proposal.
And how to develop a detailed research proposal covering:
(a) The experiment (or series of experiments) that will be used to test the research hypothesis.
(b) Detailed description of the experimental procedure to be followed in each of the experiments.
(c) Details of all materials required for the research project.
(d) Details of the analytical techniques to be used in the experiments being undertaken.
(e) Statistically sound experimental design for the experiment (or experiments).
(f) Time table for the research project.
(g) Budget for the research project.

-If necessary, prepare and submit an ethics approval application to the appropriate CSU ethics committee.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of WSC501 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Preliminary research outline
Literature review
Perform risk assessment
Ethics approval
Research proposal

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.