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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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Biomedical Sciences
OfferedClayton Full year 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester to First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Robert Widdop


The unit aims to develop analytical abilities and communication skills, as well as provide students with advanced knowledge in specific areas of Biomedical Science. Students will undertake a module of statistics relevant to scientific hypothesis testing and provide a written critique of a scientific article. Students will also undertake a component of work within their selected discipline that is unrelated to their specific research component and involves some level of advanced theoretical training. Candidates may commence at the beginning of either first or second semester.


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

  1. Critically review the scientific literature in their discipline;
  2. Explain the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project;
  3. Recognise the breadth of statistical tests and their applicability to common research methodologies;
  4. Apply simple statistical tests.


Statistical test (30%)
Written critique (30%)
Discipline specific component (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

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


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


BMS4100 and must be enrolled in course 3418.

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