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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Frank Alderuccio


This unit will provide high achieving students a structured research experience by participating in a research project supervised by research academics within, or associated with, the department of Immunology. Research projects can be selected from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from the Department of Immunology. Students will learn skills in research design, implementation, data analysis and interpretation. In addition, students will develop skills in scientific communication through written assignments and reports and oral presentations based on their project.


  1. Developing skills in searching relevant scientific databases and reviewing literature in Immunology
  2. Developing an advanced knowledge in a defined area of immunology associated with the research project
  3. Developing and performing specific laboratory skills associated with a chosen research project
  4. Developing skills in experimental design, data analysis, interpretation and record keeping
  5. Develop skills in data presentation through computer based formats for oral and written presentations
  6. Develop skills in scientific writing centered on analysis of scientific literature and research data
  7. Experience and develop skills associated with working in a functioning research group
  8. Develop skills in time management and goal setting.


Written literature review: 1500-2000 words, 5%
Oral presentation of research project: 20 min, 15%
Final research report: 8000 words, 50%
Laboratory assessment: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Frank Alderuccio

Contact hours

12 contact hours per week


+ Students must have completed all 1st and 2nd level units in their approved major
+ Students must have completed at least 12 points at 3rd year level associated with their approved major
+ A distinction average over 24 points at 2nd year level and 12 points at 3rd year level; associated with approved major
+ Students must demonstrate they have an appropriate project and supervisor
+ Permission for enrolment must be obtained from head of department or unit convenor.