BMS5013 - Research training: Ethics and integrity, biostatistics and critical thinking - 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)

Prof Ramesh Rajan


Prof Ramesh Rajan

Not offered in 2019


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate degree


This unit provides training in Experimental design and statistics, Critical thinking, and Research ethics and integrity, to give students the opportunity to develop skills core to the conduct of biomedical research.

It will be taught through three intertwined streams (modules) of study: (a) Experimental design and statistics, (b) Critical thinking through analysis and evaluation of seminars of world-class cutting-edge research, and (c) Research ethics and integrity understanding the legal and ethical environment in which research is conducted.


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

  1. Effectively communicate the basis of designing an experimental model to test a scientific hypothesis from building a hypothesis, to testing the ideas through experimental methods;
  2. Describe the different forms of statistical methods and analyses used in biomedical sciences and appraise the appropriate method to be applied to interpret different types of data;
  3. Identify and evaluate the different types of research designs used in the biomedical sciences, and justify the use of specific research designs to address specific research questions
  4. Analyse the ethical principles that inform the formulation of a scientific research question and the conduct of research to address that question
  5. Review and articulate the ethical framework that governs the conduct of science, in particular in regards to academic and research integrity.
  6. Analyse and effectively communicate, in written and oral formats, complex research integrity concepts relevant to the conduct of human and animal experimentation.


  • Written critical thinking evaluations of BDI Scientific seminars - 40% (Hurdle)
  • Weekly in-class statistics tests - 20%; Oral presentation on research ethics and integrity - 20%
  • End of semester written exam on statistics - 20%.

Workload requirements

  • 8 hours teacher-directed learning / week on campus (seminars & workshops)
  • 6 hours student-directed learning

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