The Physiology Honours course is an advanced course of study and practical skill development; it provides an opportunity to experience the life of a biomedical researcher. The honours program consists of course work and a laboratory-based research project. The main emphasis is on the latter. There is also a strong emphasis on learning to critically evaluate scientific publications, and learning to present your research findings to a wide audience. Therefore, the course provides valuable real-world skills that are relevant and valuable preparation for a diverse range of professions, not solely for biomedical research. The course year starts in February and ends in November and is only available full time.
In addition to satisfying the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) entry requirements, students are required to have completed stream specific prerequisites. Details of stream specific prerequisites can be found at the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) entry and participation requirements page.
Intended learning outcomes
Graduates of the Physiology Honours program will be able to:
- Summarise and communicate advanced knowledge in their field of physiology and biomedical research in addressing broader scientific or real-world challenges.
- 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.
- Assess and evaluate the power and limitations of different methodologies and approaches in addressing scientific questions and inquiry.
- Design experiments and select appropriate statistical analyses to address a research question(s).
- Apply skills in project implementation by designing and conducting a research project using advanced and modern biomedical research technical skills and techniques. Apply their advanced knowledge to solving real-world challenges or broader scientific questions in their research projects.
- Articulate scientific explanations of physiological concepts, theories and research findings, and communicate these ideas effectively to various audiences in both written and oral formats.
- 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.
- Demonstrate proficiency in time management for completion of scientific tasks against set deadlines.
- Work effectively independently, and collaboratively under supervision within a research team.
Last updated: 11 February 2021