Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2013 (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.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Undertake a research project with regard to ethical and safety regulations;

  1. Demonstrate technical skills in experimental methods and the ability to collect, analyse and interpret data using methods relevant to the discipline of Immunology;

  1. Communicate appropriately and effectively with supervisors, laboratory staff and students;

  1. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of experimental procedures, results and outcomes;

  1. Identify relevant published scientific literature and critically analyse and evaluate the content in the context of the discipline of Immunology.


Two oral reports (preliminary 15 minutes, 10% and final 15 minutes, 10%): 20%
Two written reports (preliminary 1,500 words, 10% and final 8,000 words, 50%): 60%
Assessment of laboratory work: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

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.