Course Title: Introduction to Biomedical Sciences Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Biomedical Sciences Research Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
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

This course is only available to Honours students who have met the selection criteria for BH058P12 Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Honours).

Course Description


In this course you will apply the scientific research methods and skills acquired in related program courses to begin your research project.


Under the guidance of your supervisor you will:

  • Undertake appropriate laboratory and OH&S inductions and training as required by RMIT University and government legislation.
  • Plan and organise your research project.
  • Develop an understanding of the ethics and approvals requirements needed for your research project.
  • Acquire information and data acquisition skills and techniques essential to the research project.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH058P12, the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (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.
  • Be able to choose appropriate tools and methods to solve scientific problemswithin your area of specialization.
  • Possess an ability to accurately record, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate your research findings.

PLO5. Personal and professional responsibility:

  • Demonstrate accountability for your own learning and professional conduct.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO1. Utilise your research training in planning and organising research projects.

CLO2. Meet OH&S and ethical requirements related to undertaking research.

CLO3. Record research data according to scientifically recognised standards.




Overview of Learning Activities


The learning activities will vary depending on the research 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.

Independent study as required for individual research projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Supervisor, collaborators and peers. Laboratory and RMIT University research facilities.

Overview of Assessment


☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).


Assessment Task: Individual research project tasks

Weighting 100%

You will be provided regular formative feedback by your supervisor in relation to the performance of you research project. This course is part of a nested series of research project courses that have a combined formal assessment at the end of the final semester of the program. The main component of the honours year is the research project that is undertaken and assessed in a dissertation and submission of a thesis.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3.

This task is part of the research component of BH058P12.