Pathology Research Project

Subject PATH40001 (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 the Bachelor of Science (Honours) to complete this subject.

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Recommended Background Knowledge:

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

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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 Theo Mantamadiotis


Subject Coordinator:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.

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Students interested in 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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