Course Title: Practical Biomedical Sciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Practical Biomedical Sciences

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160HMedical Sciences


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Narin Osman and Dr Simon Potocnik

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6686 and +61 3 9925 7074

Course Coordinator Email: and

Course Coordinator Location: 223.02.012 and 223.02.020

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

BIOL2319 or equivalent, it is assumed that students are in their final undergraduate semester

Course Description

This course will enable you to gain practical experience of typical activities and objectives of a biomedical scientist.

This course aims to develop the capabilities and advanced analytic skills required for fulfilling employment in a range of biomedical environments including research and anatomy laboratories and the wider work place. The course comprises a series of workshops and a practical project, which may be in a research or teaching laboratory at RMIT or another work place.

The work integrated learning (WIL) projects are run according to a timetable devised between you and your project supervisor. The aim is to provide laboratory experience in which you should learn essential skills for biomedical scientists. These projects are in areas such as, cell and tissue culture, practical anatomy, epidemiology, experimental physiology, confocal and fluorescence microscopy.

Students who would prefer to work in other parts of the industry will be supported to seek a work placement and to develop a project on which you report.

A series of seminars and workshops designed to develop understanding and application of research skills and methodologies and also job search and application skills will be presented. These should enrich the capabilities developed in the practical component with a theoretical understanding of experiment design, planning and execution.

You may choose from several projects late in semester 1 and work in a collaborative group to achieve the stated outcome of the project. The selection process for projects is based on competency in both practical and theoretical areas and may depend on your completion of previous courses.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes in

Biomedical Science (BP231):

  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of Biomedical Science (PLO 1);
  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO3);
  • Demonstrate effective communication of biomedical science (PLO 4)
  • Demonstrate accountability for your own learning and scientific work (PLO 5).

Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)/ Biomedical Science (BP293)

  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of biotechnology and biomedical sciences (PLO 1);
  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO 3);
  • Demonstrate effective communication of biotechnology and biomedical science (PLO 4):
  • Demonstrate accountability for your own learning and scientific work (PLO 5)

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to demonstrate some of the following skills:

  • Prepare and present reports in scientific language
  • Reference specialist literature and primary data.
  • Design experiments.
  • Develop and perform an experimental protocol.
  • Maintain laboratory records.
  • Prepare solutions.
  • Administer treatments in accordance with an experimental protocol.
  • Prosection and other anatomical techniques.
  • Analyse experimental data.
  • Write scientific reports
  • Search, read and review relevant literature

Overview of Learning Activities

Your major activity will be working in a laboratory in small groups, investigating a research topic.
Secondary to this, considerable time should be used in self-directed learning, exploring project specific literature and data analyses.
The course will include workshops to support your project, including literature searching, bibliographic tools, scientific writing and also job search strategies, CV and job application preparation.

Overview of Learning Resources

There are no prescribed textbooks for this course. Students should refer often to the course site (myRMIT) for workshop materials, announcements and course specific resources.

Your project supervisor is a major resource and should review drafts of written and oral presentations provided there is timely opportunity.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes of competency for the capability skills

  1. Feedback from the laboratory supervisor
  2. A oral presentation
  3. Written report on your project.