BMS5008 - Research project and thesis - 2017

36 points, SCA Band 3, 0.750 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences


Prof Ramesh Rajan

Unit guides



  • Second semester to Summer semester A 2017 (Day)


This unit is the research project component of the Master of Biomedical and Health Sciences.

The Masters course provides rigorous training and preparation for research. Students will have undertaken rigorous advanced preparatory training prior to commencing this research project unit.

Students will undertake a supervised research project involving research of a publishable standard which forms the basis of a thesis presented at the end of the project period.

In this unit students will present seminars on their research and are trained in advanced scientific techniques. Students also take part in an oral review of the thesis report.


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

  1. Critically review the scientific literature in their discipline;
  2. Identify the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project;
  3. Design, execute and analyse an appropriate set of studies;
  4. Perform the variety of scientific procedures and techniques essential to the satisfactory completion and reporting of their specific research project;
  5. Proficiently acquire skills in data collection using computers or high-end biomedical devices
  6. Competently acquire the critical thinking and reasoning to analyse data from computers or high-end biomedical devices
  7. Critically evaluate, using appropriate statistical analyses, data from a scientific project to deduce appropriate interpretations
  8. Investigate, evaluate and select appropriate graphical and other formats for presentation of data
  9. Effectively communicate research outcomes in verbal and written form using appropriate tools to a scientific audience, including writing up scientific work in a potentially publishable way;
  10. Assemble from the breadth and diversity of the biomedical sciences thoughtful reasonings and interpretations of research findings to formulate a discussion


  • Literature review (4000 words) (10%)
  • Seminar 1 (15 min (10 min presentation + 5 min questions) (Ungraded - S or NS)
  • Seminar 2 (10%)
  • Thesis (10,000 - 15,000 words) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

On-campus: 36 hours per week in a research lab.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Completion of BMS5001, BMS5002, and 4 units from BMS5003, BMS5004, BMS5005, BMS5006, BMS5007 and have achieved a minimum average of 65%.


Must be enrolled in course code M6003 (Master of Biomedical and Health Science)