PHYSIOL 4410B - Honours Physiology Research Project (Two-Year) Final

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course forms the main basis of an honours project conducted in the Adelaide Medical School. Students will be expected to engage in a novel, independent research project under the guidance of a school supervisor. To complete the course, students will be required to prepare and deliver a project proposal and resource pro-forma, a poster and oral presentation, plus a thesis followed shortly by a thesis defence. This course provides an advanced insight into scientific research.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHYSIOL 4410B
    Course Honours Physiology Research Project (Two-Year) Final
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 18
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites PHYSIOL 4410A in previous Semesters and HLTH SC 4201OL and HLTH SC 4200
    Restrictions For BHlthMedSc(Hons) students only
    Assessment Research Proposal Seminar, Conference Poster Presentation, Thesis, Thesis Oral Defence, Supervisor Assessment
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Simran Sidhu

    Course coordinators: A/Prof Joanne Bowen
    Course Timetable

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

  • 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 4

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    4, 5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3, 4

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    School-based research support, Honours workshops and seminars.
    Online Learning
    Copies of workshop material will be available on MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Honours is a 40-week program encompassing an independent research project supervised by a school academic or affiliate. In addition, students will be encouraged to attend weekly workshops and seminars to enhance their learning and development in the medical science research.

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

    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
  • 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 Outcome(s) being addressed
    Research Proposal Seminar Formative


    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 Assessment Summative 5% No 1
    Assessment Detail
    Research Proposal Seminar: A 10 min Powerpoint presentation of research question and proposed approach, 5 minutes of questions from assessors.

    Conference Poster Presentation: Production of a research poster to be presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference including a 3 minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions from poster judges.

    Thesis: Report of research outcomes in the style of a journal manuscript.

    Thesis Oral Defence: 15 minute Powerpoint presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions from assessors.

    Supervisor Assessment: The student’s principle supervisor provides a mark based on the performance of the student over the life of the project.
    Where applicable, all submissions should be made via MyUni unless otherwise directed. For oral presentations, prior submission will be required before the presentation date. For the thesis, two hard-bound copies are required upon assessment and following the thesis defence. The Supervisor Assessment will be submitted electronically directly from the Supervisor.

    In alignment with the Adelaide Medical School Policy of grading penalties late submission will attract a 10% deduction and a further 10% for each day late after that. This penalty will be enforced from the submission deadline (i.e. a noon deadline and a 12:01pm submission will attract a 10% penalty). Extensions of deadline are only available under specific circumstances and must be negotiated with the School & Discipline Honours coordinators well ahead of the due date.
    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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