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.

Details

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

Pre-requisite:

BMED19003 Clinical Biochemistry or BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry

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 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
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Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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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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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: Student formal evaluation
Feedback
Having literature review as assessment instead of research project may allow students to choose the topic they are interested.
Recommendation
Literature reviews are great for exploring the topic and its current knowledge and the gaps which require further investigation. Therefore, literature review is an inseparable part of every research. However, the learning outcomes of this unit requires the application of scientific research methodology to complete a research project. Therefore, the short research projects (hands-on or data-analysis projects) and the learning materials provided in this unit further developed to help students accomplish this learning outcome.
Action Taken
A variety of projects are offered to students to choose from. Literature review remains as a part of developing a research proposal and manuscript for the chosen project. This was further explained in the tutorials.
Source: Student formal evaluation
Feedback
A refresher of statistics prior this course can help students.
Recommendation
Learning statistics is not an outcome of this unit, and it is not possible to focus greatly on statistics due to the limitation of time and the number of topics that need to be covered in this unit. However, a complete week of lecture is dedicated to statistical analysis and how to choose appropriate methods, and this should be further expanded upon.
Action Taken
Although learning statistics is not a learning outcome of this unit, a week of lectures on choosing appropriate statistical analysis is included in the unit. Links to additional reading materials on performing statistical analysis using the major statistical software (SPSS and Excel) were also included. Tutorials also covered using PSPP free statistical software to conduct analysis on a teaching dataset.
Source: Student formal evaluation
Feedback
More data analysis and hands-on projects to choose from.
Recommendation
Each year a few projects are added to the pool of research projects students can choose from. The hands-on projects offered to students depend on the project length, requirements and supervision availability. The list of hands-on projects will update each year.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student formal evaluation
Feedback
The level of details provided for the assessment tasks, their relevance to the learning materials, and the scaffolded assessment tasks were great.
Recommendation
The detailed assessment tasks, learning materials, and scaffolded assessments will continue to be offered to students. The assessment tasks are scaffolded in a way that builds into a final larger assessment (manuscript). This provides students the opportunity to reflect on the feedback they receive to improve their final assessment task. These scaffolded assessment tasks will continue to be offered to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
5 - Team Work
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment