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PHY3990 - Action in physiology research project

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Associate Professor Helena Parkington


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to work with an academic supervisor and complete a research project in Physiology. The research project may be chosen from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from the Department of Physiology. The unit convenor and supervisor must approve the project topic at the time of enrolment. Student will work in a research laboratory to obtain data, will complete a written preliminary and final report and will give a series of oral presentations on their work.


On completion of this unit, students have acquired the following skills and attributes: review scientific literature in physiology, including the ability to identify key information in this area; access databases for provision of information; presentation of oral reports; construction of written reports; meet deadlines; work with a significant degree of independence; plan a large project, including the ability to adjust planning as events and results dictate; conduct appropriate statistical analysis of results; perform routine laboratory measurements and manipulations; maintain efficient and meaningful communication with a project supervisor and gain experience in the use of technical word processing packages and graphics software.


Two oral reports (preliminary 10 minutes, 10%, 5% and final 15 minutes, 10%): 20%
Two written reports (preliminary 1,000 words, 10% and final 8,000 words, 40%): 50%
assessment of laboratory work: 20%.

Contact hours

12 hours per week


Permission of the unit convenor or the Head of Physiology. Students must have completed all first and second level units in their approved major, and be able to demonstrate that they have an appropriate project and supervisor/s. 12 points of study in the discipline area at 2nd year level and a distinction over 24 points at second year level.