MED4301 - Medical science honours research skills - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL



  • Full year (extended) 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 to First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Full year (extended) 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 to First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester A 2018 to First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) degree.


This unit aims to develop the two most common skills that are required for the communication of medical research proposals and medical research findings. Students will develop their written communication skills by writing a review of the literature review developing a strong justification for their aim and hypothesis. Students will develop their oral communication skills by giving an oral presentation and answering questions on their research proposal, early in the Honours year.


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

  1. Review and evaluate the clinical and scientific literature relevant to the field of research.
  2. Synthesise the relevant literature in relation to the research question.
  3. Refine a research question grounded in the critical review of the literature.
  4. Devise appropriate research methodology to address the research question.
  5. Justify the proposed methodology in relation to the research question.
  6. Communicate the critical arguments in the literature in relation to the research question and the proposed methodology to a wider professional audience.


  • Progress report (Hurdle)
  • Literature review (<7500 words) (75%) (Hurdle)
  • Department oral presentation (25%)

Workload requirements

Average weekly workload of 12 hours per week comprised of library searches, reading, preparation of presentations and writing the literature review. The student will interact with and seek feedback from their supervisor about the overall structure of the presentation and written literature review but the student will largely be self-directed.

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

Medical science

Medicine and surgery

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