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Advanced Coursework in Medical Biology (BMSC40007)

HonoursPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeBMSC40007
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The purpose of the advanced coursework is to develop professional and scientific skills necessary for general scientific inquiry. The knowledge gained will foster the student’s capacity to identify questions and generate ideas as well as providing a framework for students to use in order to approach and validate their ideas. Students will develop an understanding of experimental design, approach and evaluation, and skills in critical analysis of published experimental data. Students will also develop skills in written and oral forms of scientific communication.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Identify major advances in biomedical research
  • Write about research and data using a scientific style of writing
  • Communicate research and data in oral presentations
  • Read scientific articles with critical assessment of the content
  • Develop the ability to understand and critically evaluate data obtained by other researchers
  • Understand experimental design and statistics and be able to apply good experimental design
  • Establish a strong foundation in statistics as it applies biomedical scientific data
  • Synthesise a logical frame for their own hypotheses based on the literature and propose experiments to clarify scientific questions or resolve contradictory reports
  • Understanding biomedical research through specialised lectures

Generic skills

The students will be exposed to recent research findings in a wide range of scientific fields not only relating to their own research project. This exposure will promote a comprehensive understanding of important areas of biomedical science and their relevance to human health and disease.

The students will

• develop the ability to understand and evaluate critically data obtained by others.
• synthesise a logical frame for their own hypotheses based on the literature.
• propose experiments to clarify scientific questions or resolve contradictory reports.

Eligibility and requirements


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


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BMSC40003 Medical Biology Research Project Part 1
Semester 1

Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Journal Club presentation: 30mins presentation followed by 30mins student-led discussion with small group of peers, held between weeks 3 and 12, 25%
  • Written critique of Journal Article (1,500 words), submitted two weeks after presentation (weeks 5 to 14), 15%
  • Hurdle: 100% Attendance at Journal clubs within a group (~5 one hour sessions); Participation (have read the article and contribute to group discussion), 10%. Held between weeks 3 and 12
  • Experimental Design and Statistics Online Quizzes (3 x 20min quizzes) between weeks 5-11, 12%
  • Experimental Design and Statistics plan (1,250 words), mid semester 1, 13%
  • Research Proposal, in the context of research experience to date, but not an assessment of research project itself (1,500 words plus figure) submitted in late semester 1, 25%
  • Hurdle: 80% attendance at postgraduate Lecture series (12 one hour lectures) during semester 1

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours26
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period18 February 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date 1 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Subject Coordinators:

    Dr Keely Bumsted Obrien

    Administrative Coordinator:

    Kerry Ko

    For more information:

Time commitment details

48 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 340 hours (including non-contact time)

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 8 June 2019