Course Title: Masters Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Project

Credit Points: 24.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2009


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2010


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Theo Macrides

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7070

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.2.08

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of the coursework courses in the MC112 program.

Course Description


This course focuses on developing critical and analytical skills of published data, developing a hypothesis and experimental approaches to test the hypothesis and scientific writing skills.

This course will allow you the opportunity to develop competency in the research, preparation and production of a publication standard manuscript based on an area of recent advances in medical science.

This process will draw on those skills developed during the coursework part of the program. You may opt for a laboratory based project or choose one based on the examination of existing data eg. Data mining or meta-analysis, in either case it will be necessary for you to research and analyse data and information from the literature and other sources as part of the project.

You undertake laboratory based projects in your own workplace. Although there will be flexibility in the type of research undertaken, the final manuscript must of judged to be of a standard which would allow it to be submitted for publication in a relevant peer reviewed journal.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


The program learning outcomes for this course are: 1) knowledge capability (in the discipline of study), 2) technical capability (in the understanding and familiarity with  modern analytical biomedical science methods and instrumentation), 3) professional work practices (by answering questions on relevant standards of/ and regulations governing work practices and the conduct of work), 4) communication skills (through participation in seminars, thesis writing, working  groups in the laboratory), 5) reflective capacity (by integration of new learning and past learning to apply to future studies) and 6) research capacity (in critical analysis and problem solving ). 


On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

1. Select and design a project proposal to include timelines, objectives and rationale and relevance.
2. Develop and utilise effective project management skills.
3. Research and review relevant literature; commence project, collect, analyse and interpret information.
4. Define and prepare a manuscript in consultation with supervisors.
5. Present scientific data and have skills in scientific writing style.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will enable you to acquire skills in literature research and retrieval, design and management of a supervised research project and conduct of research following established and universally accepted investigative techniques. You will, in addition, develop competency in scientific writing through the preparation of a manuscript in a form suitable for submission for publication.

120 hours total study hours

Overview of Learning Resources

In consultation with your project supervisor, choose either a laboratory based project or research project based on examination of existing data.

Overview of Assessment


You will be assessed on a final dissertation or project report on the project that has been undertaken. 

The final dissertation will be GRADED.


Assessment tasks


Assessment Task 1:  Preparation of Application and Approval of Research Project

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2, 3,

Assessment Task 2: Completion of Project and Submission of Thesis /Project Report    

Weighting 80%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2,3 ,4, 5,