MEDICINE 4410B - Honours Medicine Research Project (Two-Year) Final

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

In this course, students will search the literature relating to their project and write a formal literature review. They will use this as the basis for developing a research question that they will address by designing a research project. They will then collect and analyse data for their project, and report the outcomes in both oral and written forms. Throughout the course, they will apply the skills developed during the Honours Medicine Research Skills course, which runs in parallel with their research project.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MEDICINE 4410B
    Course Honours Medicine Research Project (Two-Year) Final
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 18
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites MEDICINE 4410A in previous semesters
    Restrictions For BHlthMedSc(Hons) students only
    Course Description In this course, students will search the literature relating to their project and write a formal literature review. They will use this as the basis for developing a research question that they will address by designing a research project. They will then collect and analyse data for their project, and report the outcomes in both oral and written forms. Throughout the course, they will apply the skills developed during the Honours Medicine Research Skills course, which runs in parallel with their research project.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Zalewski

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Student activities on research projects will be planned in conjunction with research supervisors
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Execute a well-defined research project, under the guidance of a project supervisor.

    2. Critically interpret the background literature relevant to the research project.

    3. Demonstrate mastery of the techniques required for the experimental study of a research question, including collection, storage, and evaluation of data which is rigorous and methodical in accordance with the Australian Code for Responsible Practice of Research.

    4. Identify and evaluate methodological or technical issues in a research project and define the important elements required to solve them.

    5. Communicate the elements of the research project clearly and concisely in spoken and written English.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2,4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4,5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3,4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No single textbook covers the material to be considered during this course. All students are required to locate and evaluate the literature that is relevant to their project. This will primarily consist of peer-reviewed literature journal articles relevant to the area of the research project.
    Recommended Resources
    NA
    Online Learning
    Design of the research project and interpretation of the data will involve extensive use of web-based literature searches
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students will work within research groups to develop, conduct and evaluate individual research projects, and to prepare written and oral presentations, which will be presented to peers and assessors. Research activities will initially be carried out with direct supervision of the supervisor and/or other research laboratory members but is expected to progress to performing independent work under broad or no direct supervision.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are expected to spend an average of 31 hours/week (full-time students; 15.5 hours/week expected from part-time students) planning, conducting and evaluating their research projects, in addition to time preparing written proposal, seminars and thesis. Students are expected to plan and manage timetabling of their projects, in consultation with research group members and supervisors.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course is designed for students to develop specific knowledge and skills in a chosen research field as well as general skills in working independently, critical reasoning, scientific writing and presentation. Students undertake a research project. The overall objective of the program is for students to demonstrate a deep understanding and interpretation of their subject area and the ability to clearly and thoroughly present their project.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Enrolment of students from the MBBS program requires prior approval from the MBBS curriculum committee.

    Out-of-hours work, police check, vaccinations or field work may be required for specific research projects.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The course is a small group discovery experience. Students will work individually on research projects, supervised by research leaders to undertake research training and research projects, within the larger context of a research group. Conducting an Honours Research project under guidance of a research group leader involves at least weekly contact and project discussion with the supervisor. Honours students will discover new knowledge during the course of their projects.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcomes being addressed
    Research Proposal Seminar Formative Nil No 2, 5
    Conference Poster Presentation Summative 10% No 1, 2, 5
    Thesis Summative 60% No 1 - 5
    Thesis Oral Defence Summative 25% No 1 - 5
    Supervisor Evaluation Summative 5% No 1
    Assessment Related Requirements
    No additional requirements.
    Assessment Detail
    Research Proposal Seminar: The first formal assessed task is comprised of a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation of your research question and proposed approach followed by 5 minutes of questions.

    Conference Poster Presentation: Production of a research abstract and poster to be presented at the Florey Undergraduate Research Conference including a 3 minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions from poster judges as is conducted at many national and international conferences.

    Thesis: Your honours thesis forms the main assessment of your Honours Research Project course. It is a report of your research outcomes in the style of a journal manuscript and demonstrates evidence of both in-depth knowledge of key literature underpinning your project and broader reading around the subject matter, as appropriate for the specific research topic.

    Oral Thesis Defence: Students defend their thesis with a PowerPoint presentation followed by question time.

    Supervisor Evaluation: Supervisors provide a mark based on your performance over the life of the project.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    Student feedback will be formally sought at the end of the course, and has a key role in the evolution of the program from year to year.
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