GRS4110 - Research skills in reproductive science - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Chief examiner(s)

A/ Prof Peter Temple-Smith


Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith

Unit guides


Monash Medical Centre

  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




Must be enrolled in M5010


This unit allows students to apply the practical skills they acquired in GRS4100 to a research project to be performed in groups.

Students will follow the standardised methods of scientific enquiry to look for gaps in our current understanding of a subject area, propose appropriate experimental design, develop experimental methods to test their hypotheses, statistically analyse their findings and report these findings in a globally accepted format that could be considered for publication.

Students will develop their presentation skills (both oral and written), and their ability to work as part of a productive team to complete both practical and theoretical tasks.


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

  1. Demonstrate research laboratory practices in reproductive biology
  2. Employ the appropriate use of statistics to analyse data in reproductive science
  3. Develop skills in presenting research findings through both oral and written communication
  4. Develop skills in written communication within the standardized scientific format
  5. Work effectively as a scientific team to solve a problem
  6. Reflect on the experimental process and on group participation and learning


  • Research project report & reflective journal (3,500 words) (50%) (hurdle)
  • Poster preparation and presentation (10 minutes) (30%)
  • Research project oral presentation (20 minutes) (20%)

Workload requirements

This unit is conducted over 12 weeks in the second semester. Students will be organised into research groups and will need to plan and conduct their time accordingly to complete the project they propose.

This unit will require self-directed study both in the theoretical side of experimental design, and within the practical aspects of conducting research.

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