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Bachelor of Medical Science (565IN) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the Bachelor of Medical Science, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of original research;
  • discuss how the results of medical research can be translated to improve the clinical care of patient and/or the mechanisms of disease;
  • select and apply appropriate statistical tests such as descriptive statistics, power calculations, pvalues and confidence interval, and uni/multivariate logistic regression analysis, to analyse research data;
  • compare and assess scientific evidence through critically evaluating relevant medical literature;
  • appraise and describe the ethical requirements of a research project;
  • demonstrate technical and problem solving skills in the use of biomedical experimental techniques and;
  • understand the requirements for presentation of research data through preparation of a an xtended literature review, and small research report, in an area of clinical interest.

Generic skills

At completion of the AMS program, students should have also acquired the following generic skills:

  • the ability to appraise the principles of medical research and how they could be applied to a wider variety of research contexts;
  • enhanced oral and written communication skills;
  • the ability to work collaboratively with research colleagues;
  • describe how the values of objectivity, scepticism and respect for evidence influence the design and implementation of biomedical research;
  • assess how research outcomes can be translated into, for example, updating medical practice and treatment and/or understanding the mechanisms of disease and;
  • a desire for further study/learning in biomedical research.

Graduate attributes

The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:

  • Academically excellent:
    • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
    • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
    • reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
    • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
    • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
  • Knowledgeable across disciplines:
    • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
    • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
    • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
    • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment
  • Leaders in communities:
    • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
    • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
    • mentor future generations of learners
    • engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs
  • Attuned to cultural diversity:
    • value different cultures
    • be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
    • have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
    • respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
  • Active global citizens:
    • accept social and civic responsibilities
    • be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment

have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics