Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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18 points, SCA Band 3, 0.375 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Biomedical Sciences
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Yvonne Hodgson


This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to work with an academic supervisor and complete a substantial research project in the Biomedical Sciences. The research project may be chosen from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from any of the Departments in the School of Biomedical Sciences. The unit convenor and supervisor must approve the project topic at the time of enrolment. Students 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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Review scientific literature in the project area, including the ability to identify key information in this area;
  2. Access databases for provision of information;
  3. Present oral reports;
  4. Construct written reports;
  5. Manage workloads to meet deadlines;
  6. Work with a significant degree of independence;
  7. Plan a large project, including the ability to adjust planning as events and results dictate;
  8. Conduct appropriate statistical analysis of results;
  9. Perform routine laboratory measurements and manipulations;
  10. Maintain efficient and meaningful communication with a project supervisor;
  11. Use technical word processing packages and graphics software.


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%) (Hurdle)
Assessment of laboratory work (20%)

Hurdle requirement:
Requirement of a pass grade on the theory component (literature review worth 10% and final report worth 50%).

Workload requirements

18-36 hours per week of laboratory work and private study.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


A grade point average of at least 70 over 24 points in the Biomedical Science area at 2nd year level.

For Monash students, those enrolled in the following:
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science Advanced with Honours


BMS3021 or BMS3042 or by approval of course coordinator.

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