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 ()

BIOL2398

Bundoora Campus

Research

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

RSCHYr2018 (All)

Course Coordinator: Prof Jiming Ye

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7419

Course Coordinator Email: jiming.ye@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.015


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, you should be able to:

  1. Follow the policies relevant to research integrity, impact, ethics and intellectual property in your research activities;
  2. Develop a convincing rationale, hypothesis and aims/objectives for a selected research topic by critically reviewing the relevant academic literature guided by your supervisors;
  3. Design a research proposal of appropriate HDR scope guided by your supervisors;
  4. Select valid research methods and statistical tools suitable for the objectives of a research project; 
  5. Craft a written plan to outline the activities for a research project including preparations and timeline.
  6. Write, present and discuss results of research activities.

 

 


Overview of Learning Activities

During this course you will undertake the following activities:

  • Participate in lectures, tutorials and guided reading through CANVAS, and contribute to discussions;
  • Prepare a presentation which summarises your research project;
  • Write a literature review that will contribute to the requirements for your confirmation of candidature; 
  • Participate in recommended training of research modules;
  • Keep records of your research learning documents including training certificates. 


Overview of Learning Resources

The course contents will be delivered primarily through flexible delivery. Core content will be delivered via lectures, recommended reading through Canvas and face-to-face discussions. 


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: RMIT research training modules

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Statistics for research design and data analysis

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Research proposal outline (written and presentation)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Literature review

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 6