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Otolaryngology Advanced Coursework (OTOL40002)

HonoursPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeOTOL40002
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Intended 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

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

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
BIOM40001 Introduction To Biomedical Research


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
OTOL40001 Otolaryngology Research Project Part 1
Semester 1

Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

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

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



  • 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)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorHayden Eastwood
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours26
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Subject Coordinator:

    Dr Hayden Timothy Eastwood

    Administrative Coordinator:

    Ms Nora Hanfi

Time commitment details

26 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 170 hours (including non-contact time)

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019