Course Title: Masters Project 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Project 2

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Theo Macrides

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925-7070

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.2.08

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment and via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of the coursework courses in the program.

Course Description

This course will give you the opportunity to develop competency in the research, preparation and production of a publication standard manuscript based on an area of medical science in which there have been recent advances in knowledge.

This process will draw on those skills developed during the coursework part of the program. You may opt for a laboratory based project or choose one based on the examination of existing data eg. data mining or meta-analysis, in either case it will be necessary for you to research and analyse data and information from the literature and other sources as part of the project. The research project is a continuation of activities in MEDS1136 Master Project.
If you are undertaking a laboratory based project you may take projects from their your workplace. Although there will be flexibility in the type of research undertaken, the final manuscript must of judged to be of a standard which would allow it to be submitted for publication in a relevant peer reviewed journal.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course focusses on developing critical and analytical skills of published data, developing a hypothesis and experimental approaches to test the hypothesis and scientific writing skills. 

Having studied this course it is intended that you should be able to:

1. plan and design a project proposal to include timelines, objectives and rationale and relevance.
2. develop and utilise effective project management skills.
3. research and review relevant literature; commence project, collect, analyse and interpret information.
4. plan and prepare a manuscript in consultation with supervisors.
5. develop a high level of skills in scientific writing style and presentation of scientific data.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will enable you to acquire skills in literature research and retrieval, design and management of a supervised research project and conduct of research following established and universally accepted investigative techniques. You will, in addition, develop competency in scientific writing through the preparation of a manuscript in a form suitable for submission for publication.

Overview of Learning Resources

To be determined by you in consultation with your project supervisor.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on a final dissertation or project report on the project that has been undertaken. The project is assessed and appropriately GRADED.