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Biomedical Science Research Project (BIOM30003)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Off Campus and On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeBIOM30003
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Summer Term - Off Campus
Summer Term - On Campus
Semester 1 - On Campus
Semester 1 - Off Campus
Semester 2 - On Campus
Semester 2 - Off Campus
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Generic skills

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

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Excellent results in a discipline appropriate to the project (normally an average of at least 75% in relevant 2nd and 3rd year subjets) and approval of the relevant Department Coordinator (as listed on the Subject Application Form).

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

Students who have completed PATH30004 cannot enrol in BIOM30003 through the department of Pathology.

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

Assessment

Description

  • written report (~3000 words) due end of semester (60%)
  • oral report (15 min) or poster presentation requiring an equivalent amount of preparation due towards end of semester (30%)
  • supervisor assessment of research competence, based on student's contributions to project design and completion (5% around mid semester, 5% at the end of semester)

Dates & times

  • Summer Term - Off Campus
    Principal coordinatorJoel Bornstein
    Mode of deliveryOff Campus
    Contact hoursDistribution of time betwen specific tasks will be decided in negotiation with the supervisor, but an overall weekly commitment for 10 hrs per week is expected.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 2 January 2018 to 16 February 2018
    Last self-enrol date11 January 2018
    Census date12 January 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 9 February 2018
    Assessment period ends24 February 2018

    Summer Term contact information

    Subject Coordinator

    Prof Joel Bornstein

    j.bornstein@unimelb.edu.au

    Administrative Coordination

    BiomedSci-AcademicServices@unimelb.edu.au

  • Summer Term - On Campus
    Principal coordinatorJoel Bornstein
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursDistribution of time between specific tasks will be decided in negotiation with the supervisor but an overall weekly commitment of 10 hr per week is expected.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 2 January 2018 to 16 February 2018
    Last self-enrol date11 January 2018
    Census date12 January 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 9 February 2018
    Assessment period ends24 February 2018

    Summer Term contact information

    Subject Coordinator

    Prof Joel Bornstein

    j.bornstein@unimelb.edu.au

    Administrative Coordination

    BiomedSci-AcademicServices@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 1 - On Campus
    Principal coordinatorJoel Bornstein
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursDistribution of time between specific tasks will be decided in negotiation with the supervisor but an overall weekly commitment of 10 hr per week is expected.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

    Subject Coordinator

    Prof Joel Bornstein

    j.bornstein@unimelb.edu.au

    Administrative Coordination

    BiomedSci-AcademicServices@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 1 - Off Campus
    Principal coordinatorJoel Bornstein
    Mode of deliveryOff Campus
    Contact hoursDistribution of time between specific tasks will be decided in negotiation with the supervisor, but an overall weekly commitment of 10hrs is expected.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

    Subject Coordinator

    Prof Joel Bornstein

    j.bornstein@unimelb.edu.au

    Administrative Coordination

    BiomedSci-AcademicServices@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2 - On Campus
    Principal coordinatorJoel Bornstein
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursDistribution of time between specific tasks will be decided in negotiation with the supervisor but an overall weekly commitment of 10 hr per week is expected.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

    Subject Coordinator

    Prof Joel Bornstein

    j.bornstein@unimelb.edu.au

    Administrative Coordination

    BiomedSci-AcademicServices@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2 - Off Campus
    Principal coordinatorJoel Bornstein
    Mode of deliveryOff Campus
    Contact hoursDistribution of time between specific tasks will be decided in negotiation with the supervisor but an overall weekly commitment of 10 hr per week is expected.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

    Subject Coordinator

    Prof Joel Bornstein

    j.bornstein@unimelb.edu.au

    Administrative Coordination

    BiomedSci-AcademicServices@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

170 hrs

Additional delivery details

For department contacts and application details, please see the Biomedical Science webpage - http://biomedicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/study/current-student-information/biom30003-biomedical-science-research-project

Further information

Last updated: 16 June 2018