HLTH SC 4202 - Honours Research Skills (School of Medicine)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code HLTH SC 4202 Course Honours Research Skills (School of Medicine) Coordinating Unit Medicine Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact 20 weeks full-time or part-time equivalent Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Prerequisites Credit average or above in 3rd year of an approved degree program or approval by School Honours committee, each subject to supervisor acceptance to work on specified research project Corequisites Honours Research Project Course Description A course covering topics relating to the development of key skills associated with advanced scientific research. Students will develop research skills including safe working practices, scientific method, research design and analysis, data recording and maintenance, ethical requirements and the ability to critically analyse and communicate scientific research, in the context of cross-disciplinary research within the Adelaide Medical School
Course Coordinator: Dr Janet CollerCourse Coordinators
Dr Joanne Bowen
Dr Janet Coller
Dr Kathy Gatford
Prof Christopher Rayner
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate understanding of safe working practices, scientific method, research design and analysis, data recording and maintenance and ethical requirements in research contexts.
2. Identify, interpret, critically evaluate and integrate key information in research papers including rationale, methodology used, results and significance.
3. Communicate scientific information clearly and concisely in written and spoken English.
4. Competently use Endnote or other bibliographic management software to organise and cite reference material; and literature database sites such as Pubmed, to acquire appropriate research information.
University Graduate Attributes
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
- 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)
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
- 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
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
- 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
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
Required ResourcesSchool-based research, Honours workshops on research skills (online and face-to-face) and regular attendance at local research seminars.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesHonours research skills is a 20-week course in which students acquire and develop research skills taught by school academics and affiliates. In order to facilitate development of research communication skills, students will be required to attend weekly research seminars relevant to their research areas.
Workshop/tutorial material will be supplied using MyUni.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Please refer to MyUni.
Learning Activities SummaryPlease refer to MyUni.
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Assessment type Weighting Hurdle Learning course objective(s) being addressed Non-expert seminar on original research paper Summative 20% no 1, 5, 6 Literature review Summative 50% yes 1, 3, 5, 6 Literature assessment task Summative 30% no 1, 2, 3, 5
Assessment DetailNon-expert seminar: Oral presentation of an original research paper outside of the student’s field of research covering: project background; hypotheses; aims; research methods; research outcomes, significance, strengths and limitations and ethical considerations. It will consist of a 10 minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions.
Literature review: A literature review of 3000 words (excluding references) plus 250 word summary, demonstrating evidence of both in-depth knowledge of key literature underpinning the student’s Honours research project, and broader reading around the subject matter, as appropriate for the specific research topic. In addition to reviewing the appropriate literature, this review will identify the key basis for / logic underlying the experiments proposed for the thesis project, including identification of the hypotheses, aims and application of potential outcomes.
Literature assessment task: Students are asked to evaluate aspects of at least one basic science and one clinical research paper in a 5-6 hour test. Questions will evaluate the ability to identify and summarise key information including rationale, methodological and ethical aspects, interpret key results including figures or tables, describe the evidence base for conclusions, and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the studies. Answers will need to draw on material covered in workshops, such as good study design and appropriate use of statistics, as well as information in specific papers.
SubmissionWhere applicable, all submissions should be made via MyUni unless otherwise directed. For the oral presentation, prior submission of presentation slides will be required before the presentation date. The literature assessment task will be sat within the School and submitted in hard copy upon completion.
In alignment with the School of Medicine 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 deadlines are only available under specific circumstances and must be negotiated with the School Honours coordinators well ahead of the due date.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported 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.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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