Course Title: Research Project 2
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Research Project 2
Credit Points: 24.00
160H Medical Sciences
|Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013
Course Coordinator: A/Prof Sarah Spencer
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7745
Course Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
This course is only available to Honours students who have met the selection criteria for BH058P12, the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Honours).
In this course you will develop your scientific research methods and skills and undertake your research project.
Under the guidance of your supervisor you will
1. Undertake appropriate laboratory inductions and training as required by RMIT University and government legislation.
2. Plan and organise your research project requirements.
3. Develop an understanding of the ethics and approvals requirements needed for your research project.
4. Learn information and data acquisition skills and techniques you will require to undertake your research project.
5. Collect, interpret and analyse primary data relating to your research project.
6. Communicate your research data.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH058 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours):
PLO1 Understanding Science:
- Understand the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice.
- An understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge
PLO2 Scientific knowledge:
- Have advanced knowledge in specialized areas of your chosen discipline
- Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methodology appropriate to your discipline.
PLO3 Inquiry and problem solving:
- Be able to choose appropriate tools and methods to solve scientific problems within your area of specialization.
- Possess an ability to accurately record, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate your research findings.
- Ability to communicate scientific information and the results of your research project using oral, written and presentation skills using appropropiate scientific language for the intended audience
PLO5 Personal and professional responsibility:
- Demonstrate accountability for your own learning and professional conduct
- Demonstrate initiative and independence
On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Perform research and record scientific data according to Australian government regulations.
2. Employ appropriate statistical analysis to your research project data.
3. Analyse and communicate experimental research data.
4. Use scientific writing skills, appropriate for the discipline area of your research project, to disseminate your research findings.
Overview of Learning Activities
Under supervisor guidance you will develop a greater understanding and skills in research project data processing, statistical analysis and data interpretation.
Gain skills to assist you to organise and integrate your research project data and information into a coherent and logical evaluation.
The research project learning activities will vary depending on the project. They will comprise skills particular to the experiments or procedures of the specific research project and include:
- Individual problem solving, guided by your supervisors advice, experience and published literature.
- Discussion and reflection with your supervisor, collaborators and peers.
Total study hours: 18 hours per week comprising independent research in a laboratory or clinical setting.
Overview of Learning Resources
Discussion with supervisors will allow you to develop a comprehension of the significance of your collected data in regard to published scientific literature.
RMIT University and School of Health and Biomedical Sciences research laboratories and facilities.
Honours program workshops.
RMIT library resources.
Overview of Assessment
This course has no hurdle requirements.
The assessment for this course is a dissertations / theses which is completed in a series of three research project courses: Research Project 1, Research Project 2 and Research Project 3. The main component of the honours year program is a substantial piece of research that will be assessed with a submission of a thesis and an oral presentation.
Formative feedback on thesis by supervisor:
2 feedback assessments (0% weighting)
Formative feedback on seminar presentation by supervisor
1 feedback assessment (0% weighting)
Thesis assessment (1st examiner) 45%
Thesis assessment (2nd examiner) 45%
Where the two thesis examiners’ marks differ by more than 15% of the maximum possible mark, the Dean/Head of School or nominee will appoint a third examiner, who may be from within the University or external to it, but who must not have supervised the dissertation or thesis.