BRM5021 - Biotechnology research project - 2019

48 points, SCA Band 3, 1.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Graham Lieschke


Graham Lieschke
Chau Khuong

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 to First semester 2020 (On-campus)


BRM5011, BRM5012, BRM5013, BRM5014, GEN5010, BMS5005, BMS5007, BEX5411


Master of Biotechnology students only (M6030)


The unit covers theoretical and methodological aspects of research, develop analytic, research and communication skills, as well as provide students with advanced knowledge in biotechnology/ biotechnology-related research.

Students will undertake a supervised research project of a publishable standard that aims to provide training in both discipline specific and generic research skills and form the basis of a research thesis presented at the end of the year.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Develop and refine a research question capable of being investigated using the scientific method
  2. Propose and justify the selection of an appropriate research methodology
  3. Create a rigorous and feasible research proposal, including a protocol that includes data collection methods and participant recruitment procedures.
  4. Prepare an application for approval by the relevant ethics committee/s (if appropriate).
  5. Explain and apply the moral, ethical and legal principles of scientific research (including applying the principles of academic integrity).
  6. Design and conduct an appropriate literature search strategy
  7. Critically evaluate and analyse the literature collected through the search strategy
  8. Synthesise the relevant literature in relation to the research question.
  9. Collect data in accordance with the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities of scientific investigation.
  10. Organise, analyse and interpret data, using appropriate statistical tests where appropriate.
  11. Interpret the data collected and evaluate its significance in relation to the existing literature.
  12. Generate defensible conclusions based upon the significance of the research findings.
  13. Communicate research findings to an audience of peers.


  • Literature review (2000 words) (10%)
  • Oral presentation (15%)
  • Poster (Size A0) (10%)
  • Thesis (15,000 words 50%)
  • Thesis defence (15%)
  • Progress report (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

40 contact and private study hours per week (30 contact hours with supervisor/lab members and 10 hours of independent study)

See also Unit timetable information

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

Biotechnology, biomedical science