Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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36 points, SCA Band 3, 0.750 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Biomedical Sciences
OfferedClayton Full year 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester to First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Robert Widdop


Students undertake a supervised research project involving research of a publishable standard which forms the basis of a thesis presented at the end of the year. As part of the unit students present seminars on their research, and are trained in advanced scientific techniques. Students take part in an oral review of the thesis report. Candidates may commence the Honours year at the beginning of either the first or second semester.


On completion of the Honours year of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, students will:

  1. Be able to critically review the scientific literature in their discipline;
  2. Understand the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project;
  3. Be able to execute and analyse an appropriate set of studies;
  4. Be proficient in computer-based data acquisition, analysis, presentation, and word processing;
  5. Be able to write up scientific work in a potentially publishable way;
  6. Show communication skills in both oral and written presentation to a scientific audience;
  7. Have acquired a range of technical skills appropriate to their discipline;
  8. Have the capability to perform a variety of scientific procedures and techniques that are essential to the satisfactory completion and reporting of a research project;
  9. Have the ability to pursue higher studies in selected disciplines of biomedical science; and
  10. Have gained insight into the breadth and diversity of the biomedical sciences.


Literature review (10%)
Seminars (10%)
Research report (80%)

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A distinction level average in 24 credit points at third year level, including at least 12 points in 3rd year BMS units


BMS4200. Must be enrolled in course 3418.

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