Biomedical Science Research Project

Subject BIOM30003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 04-Jan-2016 to 14-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Jan-2016
Census Date 15-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-Feb-2016

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Distribution of time between specific tasks will be decided in negotiation with the supervisor but an overall weekly commitment of 10 hr per week is expected.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hrs


Excellent results in a discipline appropriate to the project (normally an average of at least 75% in relevant 2nd and 3rd year subjets) and approval of the relevant Department Coordinator (as listed on the Subject Application Form).



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed PATH30004 cannot enrol in BIOM30003 through the department of Pathology.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Joel Bornstein


Subject Coordinator

Prof Joel Bornstein

Administrative Coordination

Subject Overview:

An individual program of supervised research in which the student, in consultation with the supervisor, designs, conducts and reports on the outcomes of a specific project. Detailed requirements are negotiated with the supervisor.

Learning Outcomes:

To provide students with opportunities to gain experience in the design, conduct, management and reporting of research projects.

  • written report (~3000 words) due end of semester (60%)
  • oral report (15 min) or poster presentation requiring an equivalent amount of preparation due towards end of semester (30%)
  • supervisor assessment of research competence, based on student's contributions to project design and completion (5% around mid semester, 5% at the end of semester)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students are expected to develop skills in:

  • locating and synthesising information available in scientific and other literature in order to establish the need and scope of the research project;
  • creative problem solving by devising the methodological approaches to address the research question;
  • time management;
  • collection and analysis of data;
  • communication of research results in oral and written form, requiring critical analysis, synthesis and organisation of knowledge and construction of a rational and lucid scientific argument;
  • understanding potential ethical issues associated with research

This undergraduate research project subject is available to BBiomed and BSc students who are interested in undertaking a research project in the following MDHS departments: Anatomy & Neuroscience, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Physiology.

Enrolment in the subject is contingent on the availability of a supervisor. A suitable supervisor may not be available in any particular semester.

Students wishing to be considered for this subject must complete a Biomedical Science Research Project application form, including obtaining all required approvals.

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