Course Title: Research Methods for Biological, Medical & Health Sciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods for Biological, Medical & Health Sciences

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BIOL2398

Bundoora Campus

Research

160H Medical Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

BIOL2398

Bundoora Campus

Research

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BIOL2398

Bundoora Campus

Research

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

RSCHYr2017 ()

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Samantha Richardson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7897

Course Coordinator Email: samantha.richardson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.02

Course Coordinator Availability: via email appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more disciplines at a level equivalent to AQF level 8.
Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.
 


Course Description

This course will enable Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates to plan and conduct advanced research in order to create new knowledge in the biological, medical and health sciences. This course will assist you to prepare for confirmation of candidature. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop your knowledge of the philosophy and practice of research in the fields of biological, medical and health sciences.  You will be exposed to a range of pertinent research literature to deepen your understanding of the scientific literature in the field of your research project.  In addition, you will refine your critical and creative thinking and communication skills to the high level required for professional researchers.
 


By the end of this course HDR candidates should be able to:

1. Critically evaluate a range of research methods and techniques and be able to create a convincing, written rationale for selecting them.

2. Craft research questions pertinent to the biological, medical and health sciences, based on an extensive knowledge of the relevant literature.

3. Design a research project of appropriate scope for a higher degree by research candidature.

4. Write a literature review which supports a research project and states clearly the project’s contribution to knowledge.


Overview of Learning Activities

During this course you will participate in the following activities:

  • Participate in weekly lectorial sessions and contribute to discussions.
  • Prepare a presentation which summaries your research project.
  • Write a literature review that will contribute to the requirements for your confirmation of candidature. 
  • Participation in research seminar programs, journal clubs and other appropriate fora.
  • Keep notes of meetings with your research supervisor(s).


Overview of Learning Resources

Attendance to research seminars offered in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Science.

In addition, the RMIT library can assist you with literature searches. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment of this course will include:

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Student Video Presentation
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Assignment- Key Messages from Journal Articles  
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4

 

Assessment Task 3: Journal 
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1-4

Assessment Task 4: Assignment - Seminar Summaries
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLO: 1

 

Assessment Task 5: Assignment - Literature Review
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1- 4