The Honours program is an advanced level of study which aims to provide students with an understanding in the practice of biomedical research. It is designed to extend the student’s education and intellectual development in Biomedicine, Physiology and Surgery through attendance and participation in Workshops, Research Seminars and Journal Club presentations. The students will be exposed to experimental design and development of a hypothesis as an approach to research, covering the main research areas within the department; Cancer, Transplantation, Liver regeneration, Immunobiology and Spinal Biology. Students are required to complete a research project within the Department of Surgery and/or affiliated institution under the guidance of at least one supervisor. The Honours year provides a strong foundation for the future direction of graduates, whether as a means of progressing to research higher degrees at the Masters or PhD level, or improving the scope of employment options and professional advancement.
The course year starts in February and ends in November and is only available full time.
Intended learning outcomes
Graduates of the Surgery (Austin Health) Honours program will be able to:
- Locate, utilise and synthesise information available in scientific and medical literature and ensure an understanding of experimental data in order to construct a rational scientific argument.
- Understand the principles in designing a scientific project in biological research.
- Design and conduct research, including selection and implementation of experimental models and methods, data collection methods, and statistical analysis methods.
- Problem solve through undertaking relevant methodological approaches to research (technical and statistical based).
- Perform research techniques and apply these techniques to a specific project.
- Communicate the findings of a research project in both written and oral form, including organising knowledge and identifying the potential scope of the research project.
- Apply principles of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship, including identifying and following the principles of ethical conduct of research with animals and humans.
- Show proficiency in time management for completion of scientific tasks against set deadlines.
- Work effectively independently, and collaboratively under supervision within a research team from diverse backgrounds.
Last updated: 29 April 2022