Otolaryngology Advanced Coursework

Subject OTOL40002 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 26
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) to complete this subject.


Please refer to the notes section below for details regarding the subjects to be completed.

Recommended Background Knowledge:

Undergraduate 3 year sequence in a relevant science discipline, such as: anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, psychology, physics or mathematics

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Equitable Adjustment Procedure (SEAP), academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, 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 will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Academic Coordinator:

Dr Karina Needham

Administrative Coordinator:

Ms Nora Hanfi

Subject Overview:

The proposed subject requires students to attend weekly departmental scientific seminars, and a subset of lectures in Anatomy & Physiology (ANAT90004). Assessment will be based on a written report and an oral presentation. Students will be required to provide a 3000-word report reviewing the scientific literature relevant to their chosen area of research, and an oral presentation will be made on the critical analysis of a journal paper. The proposed format provides students with an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, as well as experience in the interpretation, critical analysis and presentation of scientific data. These skills are pertinent to their training in the communication and interpretation of scientific literature and research, and provide students with a sound basis on which to undertake the lab-based research component of the Honours year.

Learning Outcomes:

The objectives of the proposed subject format are to:

i) introduce students to the anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central auditory systems
ii) introduce and encourage students to critically analyse and interpret scientific literature and research data
iii) provide students with training and experience in scientific writing and communication

  • Written literature review (not exceeding 3000 words) worth 60% (due mid-semester)
  • Oral presentation (20 minutes): critical analysis of a scientific paper worth 40% (end of semester)
Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:

i) ability to critically appraise scientific literature
ii) ability to analyse and interpret scientific findings, and place outcomes in the context of the existing literature
iii) ability to communicate scientific ideas effectively in both written format and through oral presentation
iv) ability to evaluate and synthesize information in a flexible manner

Links to further information: http://www.medoto.unimelb.edu.au/

To be awarded Honours with a specialisation in Hearing Sciences (Otolaryngology), students must successfully complete the following:

Semester 1
BIOM40001 Introduction to Biomedical Research (12.5 points)
OTOL40002 Otolaryngology Advanced Coursework (12.5 points)
OTOL40001 Otolaryngology Research Project (25 points)

Semester 2
OTOL40003 Otolaryngology Research Project (50 points)

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Otolaryngology

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