Pathology Research Project

Subject PATH40005 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is an individual research project and weekly contact hours will vary depending on the nature of the project.
Total Time Commitment:

Students should discuss total time commitment with their supervisor but as a guide, a student would be expected to be engaged in their research for an average of thirty hours per week over two semesters.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


Recommended Background Knowledge:

It is recommended that students have a Pathology major that includes the below subject as their elective.

Study Period Commencement:
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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Academic Coordinator:

Dr Theo Mantamadiotis

Administrative Coordinator:

Ms Lesley Robinson

Subject Overview:

The Honours program in the Department of Pathology provides an introduction to the challenging area of investigation of disease processes at the cellular and molecular level. This program involves candidates undertaking a full-time research project based in a laboratory within the Department of Pathology or at one of our affiliated institutions. A student undertaking the Pathology Honours Research Project will have an interest in understanding the mechanisms of disease.

Students will be enrolled in the following subjects

PATH40001, 25 points (Semester 1)
PATH40002, 12.5 points (Semester 1)
BIOM40001, 12.5 points (Semester 1)
PATH40005, 50 points (Semester 2)

to fulfill the 100 credit points to successfully complete the Pathology Honours program.


The course objectives include the development of an individual student’s skills in the areas of -

• Planning and design of experiments.
• Constructing a hypothesis and relevant aims for a project.
• Acquisition, interpretation and critical analysis of results.
• Reporting of experimental data in a concise and scientific manner consistent with that published in scientific articles.
• Communication of the research project via oral presentations to a scientific audience.

  • Submission of draft literature review due in May (hurdle)
  • An introductory seminar (15 minute duration) due in May (6.7%)
  • A literature Review due in October (13.3%)
  • Research thesis due in October (66.7%)
  • A defense-of-thesis seminar (30 minute duration) due in November (13.3%)

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

• Develop an appreciation for working in a laboratory research environment.
• Become an expert in the area relating to the research project.
• Acquire oral communication skills for discussion of research ideas.
• Develop skills in time management and planning.
• Become proficient in a number of technical laboratory skills.

Links to further information:

Students completing a Pathology specialisation must have a:

Pathology major


PATH30001 and PATH30002 or PATH30001 and a SCIE30001 project completed in the Department of Pathology in association with a major in another Biomedical discipline


Students interested in honours in Pathology who do not have the above prerequisites but have practical experience in another biomedical science discipline should contact the Pathology Honours coordinator to discuss their eligiblity for honours in Pathology.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Pathology

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