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ANT3042 - Introduction to anatomy and cell biology research

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Jane Black


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will introduce students to modern cell and developmental biology research by allowing them to do a minor research project in the Department of Anatomy and Cell biology. This project will involve a minimum of 5 hours research per week. A lecture program of 1 hour per week will allow students to become familiar with major relevant topics including; defining and testing hypotheses, data analysis, critically reviewing literature, animal ethics, small animal experimental procedures, research funding, research careers and laboratory safety. Students will also develop skills in the oral and written presentation of their own data.


On completion of this unit, students shall, have an understanding of the scientific process from hypothesis through experimentation to a conclusion. Have a detailed understanding of a research discipline in the department. Currently these include reproduction, renal, cardiac and lung development and pathology, haematology, cardiovascular disease, and fetal programming of adult disease. Have performed a minor research program in one of the areas of research expertise in the department. Be able to critically review manuscripts relevant to their research discipline. Be familiar with the process of manuscript preparation. Be able to present a seminar in an area relevant to their minor research program.


Written paper: 20%
Research report: 50%
Oral presentation: 10%
Journal club presentations: 20%

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 5-hour practical class per week


A distinction average in a second year biomedical major, a distinction in at least 6 points taught by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology or permisiom of the unit convenor or the Head of Anatomy and Cell Biology.