BMS3940 - Major research project in biomedical science - 2019

24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Elizabeth Davis


Dr Shae-Lee Cox

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


The exchange students will undertake this as a single unit enrolment. Students are screened by their home institution to ensure they meet eligibility requirements (academic and language).


This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to work in an active research laboratory to complete a substantial research project in an area of Biomedical Sciences.

The research project may be undertaken within any of the themes of the Biomedicine Discovery Institute, or in an affiliated clinical school. The unit convenor and supervisor must approve the project topic at the time of enrolment.

In completing this unit, students will undertake experimental work to obtain data which will then be analysed and presented via both oral presentations and written reports.


After completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify relevant published scientific literature and critically analyse and evaluate the content in the context of the research project
  2. Apply knowledge of experimental design with regard to ethical and safety regulations
  3. Demonstrate expertise in research methods relevant to the area of research
  4. Use appropriate data collection and analysis software to collect and analyse data
  5. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of research procedures, results and outcomes
  6. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate research findings and how these fit with current knowledge
  7. Effectively present research plans and findings orally and via an extended written report
  8. Communicate appropriately and effectively with supervisors, laboratory staff and other research students


  • Oral report (preliminary) (15 minutes) (10%)
  • Oral report (final) (15 minutes) (10%)
  • Preliminary report (2,000 words) (10%) (hurdle)
  • Final report (8,000 words) (50%) (hurdle)
  • Laboratory skills assessment (20%)

Hurdle requirement:

Requirement of a pass grade on the theory component (preliminary report worth 10% and final report worth 50%).

Workload requirements

On-campus: Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 576 hours per semester (48 hours/week) typically comprising a mixture of laboratory experimental work, consultation with supervisor, participation in lab meetings and independent study.

Independent study may include associated readings, data analysis and preparation for scheduled activities.

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