BMS5002 - Research techniques: Tissues, organs and systems - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Ramesh Rajan


Professor Ramesh Rajan

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in Master of Biomedical and Health Science


This unit is designed to allow students to gain the laboratory techniques and research skills in biomedical sciences at the level of tissues, organs and systems, to develop their capacity for independent research within laboratories in the biomedical and health sciences.

Students will receive extensive hands on laboratory and research training alongside tutorials and lectures designed to give students a strong theoretical background.

Laboratory and research skills will be taught in context of the skills of scientific enquiry and problem-solving to engage students in the framework for successful operation within a research environment.


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

  1. Proficiently perform biomedical techniques for study at the level of tissues, organs and systems, and conduct research methods applicable to biology, biotechnology and biomedical science.
  2. Explain the basis of the scientific method from building a hypothesis, to the importance of testing scientific ideas through experimental methods and the need in science to gain experimental evidence to test a hypothesis.
  3. Independently design appropriate experimental protocols for use in biomedical research - at the level of tissues, organs and systems, by evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of different techniques for measurement and collection of data.
  4. Apply scientific concepts (such as controls, replication, reductionist and expansionist approaches, sources of error and error minimisation), and research ethics and integrity to scientific data collection and analysis.
  5. Critically analyse and organise research data and methodology, applying appropriate research methods to study design, collection and analysis of data at the level of tissues, organs and systems in the biomedical sciences.
  6. Work effectively in a collaborative environment as part of a team in a laboratory setting to address scientific questions.


  • Pre-lab preparation assessment quizzes (20%)
  • Post-lab knowledge consolidation quizzes / tasks (20%)
  • Laboratory experimental reports (3000 words total or equivalent) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Experimental design task (2,000 words or equivalent) (20%) (Pairs)

Workload requirements

  • Teacher-directed learning: Alternates between weeks of 10 hours / week and 3 hours / week on campus (laboratory classes and workshops)
  • Student-directed learning: 6 h / week

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