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In this subject students participate in an individual program of supervised research within the School of Biomedical Sciences, or elsewhere within the faculty, at a research institute or overseas institution in which the student contributes to the design of a research project, in consultation with a supervisor; conducts the research; and presents the findings of the project. The project may be self contained or form a component of a larger research program. Each student will receive feedback on their progress through ongoing consultation with their supervisor.
Where a student is conducting the research external to the School of Biomedical Sciences, a School of Biomedical Sciences academic staff member who has allied research expertise co-supervises the project and coordinates the assessment requirements. Detailed assessment requirements, including due dates of individual assessment items, are determined through consultation between the supervisor, the co-supervisor and the Biomedical Science Research Project Coordinator(s) in the relevant department.
The subject may incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. Students may be eligible for University funding. Where the host institution is located in the IndoPacific, Australian citizens for whom this subject is part of a full time semester of study may consider applications through the New Colombo Plan scholarship funding.
Intended learning outcomes
Despite the differences between individual programs, each aims to provide students with the opportunities to gain expertise in project design, management and reporting.
Students are expected to develop skills to:
- Locate and synthesise information available in scientific (and in some cases other) literature in order to establish the need for, and potential scope and context of, a research project
- Design a research project to meet particular research outcome(s) or to answer particular research question(s)
- Develop creative ways of solving unfamiliar problems by devising a methodological approach to address the research question being raised
- Collect and analyse data (qualitative and quantitative) including appropriate statistical analyses of the research results
- Communicate the research results in written form, requiring critical analysis, synthesis and organisation of knowledge, and the construction of a rational and lucid scientific argument
- Communicate the research results in another form – either through an oral presentation or poster presentation
- Manage the time allocated to completing specific tasks
- Depending on the project, students may also find they achieve other outcomes such as learning how to take account of ethical considerations in designing a project.
Students are expected to develop skills in:
- locating and synthesising information available in scientific and other literature in order to establish the need and scope of the research project;
- creative problem solving by devising the methodological approaches to address the research question;
- time management;
- collection and analysis of data;
- communication of research results in oral and written form, requiring critical analysis, synthesis and organisation of knowledge and construction of a rational and lucid scientific argument;
- understanding potential ethical issues associated with research
Last updated: 29 April 2020