Course Title: Thesis I

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Thesis I

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Narin Osman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6686

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A degree in Medical Science with a major study in subjects which are appropriate to the research project chosen. An overall undergraduate degree average GPA (grade point average) of 2.5 or above.

Course Description

 The aim of this course is to:
• Give students a quality research experience.
• Prepare students for research and higher-level employment, by developing their knowledge of these fields, capacity for independent work and scientific communication.
• Provide appropriate training in scientific method, research skills and to prepare students for higher degree programs.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is particularly important in the graduate capabilities of:
• Ability to engage in problem solving and research, including both critical and lateral thinking.
• Ability to work and learn both independently and collaboratively.
• Ability to locate, evaluate, understand, manage and use a range of information in the context and completion of a research project.
• Ability to communicate in written, visual and oral formats.

At the end of the course, the student should have:
• An ability to apply scientific methods and research processes to problem solving.
• An ability to effectively manage and deliver project milestones.
• A capacity to interpret scientific data and findings.
• A greater depth of knowledge in their major study discipline.
• Specialist research and technical skills.

Overview of Learning Activities

Practical engagement in specialist laboratory procedures. Discussion and collaboration with research staff including peers, postgraduate students, post-doctorals fellow and the supervisor. Praticipation in the workshop and seminar series.

Overview of Learning Resources

Expertise and experience in research of staff in the School of Medical Science and their collaborators.
RMIT University, advanced undergraduate and postgraduate research facilities.

Overview of Assessment

A  thesis written by the student, including the results of their research project is presented for assessment by at least two examiners selected by the Honours Program Committee. The examiners may be internal or external to RMIT and a further examiner may act as a moderator. The student has an opportunity to defend the thesis in a meeting with the examiners when a supervisor report is also made.