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Research Project - SVHM Part 1 (MEDI40005)

HonoursPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeMEDI40005
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject aims to provide opportunities for students to gain an understanding in, and extend the practice of biomedical research.

The student will conduct an original research project in a basic or clinical research laboratory under the supervision of a research scientist from the Dept. of Medicine or Surgery, St Vincents Hospital during the period February to November.

Students undergo extensive research training with their own individually-supervised research project, acquiring skills in experimental design, technical expertise, thinking, analysis, and communication.

Intended learning outcomes

L01 To acquire the ability to absorb information, analyse it critically, and integrate it into the current state of knowledge in the field.

L02 To develop hypothesis, formulate aims to address the hypotheses, propose experiments and engage in discussion with other scientists.

L03 To acquire technical knowledge specific to the research project

LO4 To acquire and gain experience in collating, presenting and analysing experimental data.

L05 To acquire oral and written presentation skills to present original scientific data to an expert audience.

L06 To generate a body of original scientific results that could form part of a peer-reviewed, primary research publication.

L07 To develop ability to organise, prioritise and manage time

Generic skills

  • Critical analysis of complex scientific issues.
  • Identification of critical and essential factors from a large body of information
  • Constructive critique of a scientific presentation
  • Contribution to intellectual discussion
  • Generation of new ideas for scientific experiments
  • Communicate research results in both written and oral form, including the organisation of knowledge and identification of the potential scope of the research project

Eligibility and requirements


Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) to complete this subject.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOM40001 Introduction To Biomedical Research


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MEDI40006 Biomedical Advanced Coursework
Semester 1

Non-allowed subjects


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



This assessment statement applies to the entire enrolment across Parts 1 (MEDI40005) and 2 (MEDI40013) of the subject:

1) Literature Review (15%): 3500 words, mid semester 1

2) Literature review presentation (5%): 10 minute talk plus 5 minute question time, mid semester 1

3) Thesis (65%) : 10,000 words submitted end of semester 2

4) Final Oral Thesis Defense (10%): final oral presentation of 15 minutes followed by a 5 minutes thesis defense, end of semester 2

5) Supervisor/ Laboratory Competence (5%): ongoing assessment of student’s commitment and competence by supervisor

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorKate Graham
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursThis subject is an individual research project and weekly contact hours will vary depending on the nature of the project.
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Subject Coordinators:

    Dr Amanda Edgley

    Dr Kate Graham


    Administrative Coordinator:

    Ms Nora Hanafi

Time commitment details

Students should discuss total time commitment with their supervisor but as a guide, a student would be expected to be engaged in their research for an average of thirty hours per week over two semesters.

Additional delivery details

This subject is delivered in two consecutive parts. Whilst these have separate subject codes, they are considered to be a single continuing subject of 75 credit points. At the end of the first part, students will receive a CNT (Continuing - ongoing) grade. At the completion of the final part students will receive an overall result for the subject.

Information provided on this page applies to both parts of the subject (MEDI40005 and MEDI40013).

Further information

Last updated: 3 April 2019