Course Title: Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Project

Credit Points: 48.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr. Faith Kwa

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7773

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.014D

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments are essential.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible for enrolment in MEDS2138, students must have successfully completed a total of 144 credit points (or equivalent credit exemptions) in courses that fulfil the requirements for the MC158 program including two advanced 24 credit point courses, MATH1300 Biostatistics and MEDS2152 Laboratory Medicine Project. Please note that MEDS2138 is the final course that students should be enrolled in their MC158 program. Students are not permitted to undertake studies in MEDS2138 concurrently with another course. Students who have not successfully completed the above pre-requisites must withdraw and will be withdrawn if they incorrectly enrol in this course.


Course Description

This course offers students the opportunity to develop competency in the design, conducting, analysis and reporting of a laboratory-based research project. This course will enable students to apply their theory knowledge and skills acquired from the coursework courses in the MC158 program in a research setting. This course involves all students undertaking a laboratory-based project. The laboratory-based projects can be offered at RMIT University or at external institutes depending on availability. Students must make their own daily travel arrangements to the research laboratories and complete a full semester load in their allocated research project.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC158 Master of Laboratory Medicine):

  • PLO1. Knowledge capability 
  • PLO2. Technical capability 
  • PLO3. Professional work practices 
  • PLO4. Communication skills 
  • PLO6. Research capability


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

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate the literature for the formulation of a sound hypothesis and discussion of research topics
  2. Plan and design a research project to test a hypothesis
  3. Develop and utilise effective project management skills to complete the project according to the standards required and within the established timeframe
  4. Collect, analyse and interpret data
  5. Prepare a thesis in accordance with guidelines provided and in a form suitable for publication
  6. Communicate research findings effectively through an oral presentation
  7. Evaluate and perform laboratory techniques and/or demonstrate research skills



Overview of Learning Activities

The syllabus is covered in a series of discussion/interactive workshops, computer-based activities and supervisory meetings. This course will enable students to acquire skills in literature research, retrieval and analysis, design and management of a supervised research project and conduct research following established and universally accepted investigative techniques. Students will, in addition, develop competency in oral communication through the preparation and delivery of an oral presentation; and scientific writing through the preparation of a thesis in a form suitable for publication purposes.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be encouraged to read widely and to research your project topic using libraries, relevant website and reliable literature search databases. Any other resources such as discussion material, guidelines and relevant literature will be provided on Canvas. Other resources will also be determined by the student and their supervisor.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: Project Thesis

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Oral Presentation

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Journal Article Analysis

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Supervisor's Assessment 

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 7

Assessment Task 5: Workshop Participation

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6