Course Title: Research Project 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Project 1

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Sarah Spencer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7745

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Course Description

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 concisely state research questions, and use them to design and plan a research project.
  • Gather, critically evaluate and synthesise information from a range of sources relevant to a scientific research topic.
  • 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.

PLO4 Communication

  • 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

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of research training requirements for your research project.
  2. Perform research, record scientific data and disseminate research findings according to Australian government regulations.
  3. Employ appropriate statistical analysis to your research project data.

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 this course of independent research in a laboratory or clinical setting.

Overview of Learning Resources

Supervisor, collaborators and peers.

RMIT University and School of Medical Science 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%

Seminar 10%

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.