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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Steven Petratos and Associate Professor Frank Alderuccio


Alfred Hospital

  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Summer semester A 2016 (Day)


This unit provides high achieving students a structured research project in Human Pathology supervised by an academic and/or clinical researchers within, or associated with, the Department of Clinical Haematology. The research project is selected from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from the Department of Clinical Haematology. 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 pathology;

  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 pathology;

  1. Construct written reports.


Written literature review (1500 words): 10%
Oral presentation of research project - two 15 min presentations (10% each): 20%
Final research report (8000 words): 50%
Laboratory assessment: 20%
Hurdle requirements: Requirement of a pass grade on the 60% theory component of the unit (literature review worth 10% plus final report worth 50%) and a pass grade on the final report.

Workload requirements

12 contact hours per week

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Chief examiner(s)

To be advised

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


A grade point average of at least 70 in 12 points of study in the discipline area at 3rd year level and a grade point average of at least 70 over 24 points in relevant units at 2nd year level.
Students must demonstrate they have an appropriate project and supervisor.
Permission for enrolment must be obtained from the Head of School or unit convener.