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SLE761 - Research Planning and Communication


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Lawrence Webb
Trimester 2: Peter Macreadie




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1 hour classes per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin and includes a 1 hour online workshop per week.


The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the principles of academic writing and broad presentation skills in science communication, along with developing an understanding of a range of topics related to research planning which include; scientific research policies and procedures, accessing scientific literature, research project planning, ethics and integrity. Students will also will gain an understanding of intellectual property and research commercialisation.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Use digital technologies to locate, collate and analyse information for scientific research.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy


Apply planning and management strategies for undertaking a scientific research project.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Design a scientific project proposal and investigate and justify appropriate scientific methodologies for undertaking the project effectively and communicate the proposal both a written and oral format.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking


Communicate their understanding of intellectual property and commercialisation in research.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication


Apply principles of research ethics and integrity in research design.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO8: Global citizenship


Demonstrate their understanding of Occupational Health and Safety guidelines and procedures necessary to working safely in a research laboratory.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Problem solving tasks and essay  Written responses and essay, approximately 2,000 words 30% (15%, 15%) Week 4 and 6
Research proposal project 10-minute oral presentation, and 2,500-word written report 40% Week 9
Poster Presentation 30% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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