BMSC13013 - Research Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides opportunity for students to complete discipline specific research activities during the 3rd year of their course of study. This involves application of scientific research methodologies to a research problem.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry or BIOL12105 Scientific Analysis and Statistics or ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 77.78% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 40.91% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE Unit Comments
Additional content on writing results and discussion will help with the final manuscript writing.
Add lectures, tutorials or reading materials on how to interpret and write results and discussions of the manuscript.
Action Taken
Additional discussions on how to interpret the results and findings of the projects were included in the tutorials.
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
The structure and flow of the unit lectures and assignments are great.
Continue to follow the current unit structure and scaffolded assignments.
Action Taken
The scaffolded structure of the unit continued.
Source: SUTE Unit Comments Report
Allowing to select a research topic in the student's chosen field will help with the engagement of students.
It is not possible to allow students to choose any topics of research they wish, given the structure of this unit, time restrictions, and requirements of different topics. This unit aims to provide students with the introductory knowledge and skills required for research and understanding the process of research. The unit is not designed to or has the potential to accommodate all research interests students have. This should be communicated more clearly to students. Each term additional projects are added to the list. Additional discipline-specific research project offerings will require the involvement of researchers/mentors from the disciplines.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments and Teacher Reports
Additional assessment-specific tutorial videos just before each assessment and tutorials on times/days suitable to different students can help clarify the requirements.
A separate tutorial recording for each assessment was provided in the assessment tile of the unit. Each tutorial focused on activities relevant to assessments, with templates, suggestions, and guidelines to complete each assessment. In addition, students had trouble-shooting tutorials in which they could ask any question related to the assessments. These tutorials were offered on a set time/day but also on-demand with the potential to be offered at a time/day suitable to students. Unit Coordinator will communicate these more clearly in the next offering of the unit.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments and Teacher Reports
The structure of the unit and lectures, and the support offered by the unit coordinator were appreciated.
Continue with the scaffolded structure of the unit and support for students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Develop and deliver a concise research proposal
  2. Apply scientific research methodologies to complete a research project
  3. Present research findings via written and oral presentations.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10