Biomedicine Research Project - St Vincents

Subject MEDI40005 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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.


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

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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 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:


Dr Amanda Edgley, Dr Kate Graham


Subject Coordinators:

Dr Amanda Edgley

Dr Kate Graham

Administrative Coordinator:

Ms Nora Hanafi

Subject Overview:

The honours program in the Department of Medicine (St Vincent's Hospital) involves advanced coursework and a research project.
The key objectives of the research project in biomedicine are to complete a research project under the guidance of a nominated supervisor in a research laboratory from February to November.
The course aims to provide advanced training in biomedical research in a multidisciplinary research environment.
Skills will be obtained in experimental design, specialized laboratory techniques, data analysis and interpretation. Particular attention will also be given to the development of written and presentation skills.
The research project is anticipated to culminate in an original research publication.
Students will be enrolled in a combination of the research project subjects indicated below to ensure they have completed a total of 75 points for the research project by the end of their course.

MEDI40005 Biomedicine Research Project – 25 points (semester 1)
MEDI40013 Biomedicine Research Project – St Vincents - 50 points (semester 2)

Learning Outcomes:

• To develop skills in critical analysis of scientific knowledge and integrate it into the broader context of the research field.
• To develop skills in appropriate experimental design and hypothesis, formulate aims to address the hypotheses, and engage in discussion with other scientists.
• To develop skills in advanced laboratory techniques.
• To develop skills in data interpretation and statistical analysis.
• To develop oral and written presentation skills, presenting original scientific data to an expert audience.
• To collate a body of original scientific results into a minor thesis that will be assessed by two expert researchers.


1) Literature Review (5%): 3500 words, mid semester 1

2) Literature review presentation (2.5%): 10 minute talk plus 5 minute question time, mid semester 1

3) Thesis (55%) : less than 10,000 words in length submitted end of semester 2

4) Final Oral Thesis Defense (7.5%): final oral presentation of 15 minutes followed by a 5 minutes thesis defense, end of semester 2

5) Supervisor/ Laboratory Competence (5%): ongoing assessment of student’s commitment and competence.

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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:

Students will learn to
• critically asses literature
• accept or reject information provided by others
• integrate scientific information into an information framework
• identify unresolved scientific questions
• identify the best experimental approaches to address open questions
• polish their oral and written presentation skills
• develop time management skills

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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Medicine (St Vincent's Hospital)

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