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 SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite:

BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry or BIOL12105 Scientific Analysis and Statistics  

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 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% 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: 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
New projects were introduced this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, hands-on project were limited. New projects will be added to the list of options for next year.
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
The detailed and scaffolded assessment tasks will continue to be offered.
Source: Unit coordinator self reflection.
Feedback
An increased diversity of research projects could provide a more engaging experience for students.
Recommendation
Continue ongoing consultation with experienced research staff to explore availability of a wider range of research projects.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students formal evaluation.
Feedback
Step-by-step and scaffolded learning materials and assessments from developing research proposal to manuscript were very helpful.
Recommendation
Continue to provide scaffolded learning materials, tutorials and assessments.
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
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