BIOMED 4050A - Honours Molecular and Biomedical Science Project Pt 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code BIOMED 4050A Course Honours Molecular and Biomedical Science Project Pt 1 Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 20 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions BSc Honours (Biomedical Science) Course Description This course includes the performance of an individual research project under the supervision of one or more members of the Molecular & Biomedical Science staff or its affiliates. Early in the year students will report on the aim, significance and approach of their research topic. At the end of the year candidates will submit the results of their research in the form of a thesis, which will also contain a literature review surrounding their research topic. The research project is selected at the start of the Honours year following consultation with the Honours Coordinator and depends on availability of research supervisors in any particular year.
Course Coordinator: Professor Murray Whitelaw
Prof. Murray Whitelaw
Prof. Rob Richards
A/Prof. Renato Morona
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.The course timetable is included in the course handbook available to all students enrolled in the program
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Develop an hypothesis based on reading of the scientific literature in a field of research as evidenced by writing a literature review and research proposal2. Design a series of experiments that will test the hypothesis, as evidenced in the dossier discussion and undertake experiments and document these experiments and their outcomes as evidenced in a laboratory notebook
3. Interpret experiments as indicated in dossier, thesis and interviews
4. Communicate results in both oral and written format and integrate results into the broader discipline
5. Understand the ethical, regulatory and accreditation standards required to conduct research in this discipline
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The work includes participation in research seminars, and importantly, the performance of a research project under the supervision of one or more members of the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Science staff or affiliates. The research project will allow the students to design, conduct, analyse and interpret results of a series of experiments, and effectively communicate these in written and oral reports.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
A student enrolled in a course such as this, should expect to spend, on average 37.5 hours per week on the research project.
Learning Activities Summary
The major component of the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Science Honours year is the Research Project.
1. Hypothesis, Aims, Significance - The Literature Review document
In general, the supervisor will provide the overall approach and aim of the project and suggest the first experiments to commence the research. In March, students will submit a written document of the background relevant to the research project, the hypothesis that is being investigated (if appropriate), and the aims or approaches project will be followed, and projects significance to the group's research (if appropriate) and to the field in general. Electronic submission of the proposal (PDF or Word format) to the Honours coordinator is required. The supervisor will be available to help in the drafting of the Literature Review.
There will be an oral presentation to the project to the Department. There is no summative assessment for the Literature Review and presentation, however feedback will be provided by the supervisor.
Each Honours student is under the supervision of a member of staff or affiliate on an assigned independent research topic. They are required to contribute to the experimental design, execution and analysis of outcomes for all experimental procedures. The students are also expected to identify, interpret, critically analyse and integrate relevant material from published scientific literature.
Students are asked to provide a present a brief Research Update during July to the coordinators. This will not be assessed but formative feedback will be provided.
Results of the research project are to be submitted in a thesis. The thesis will include an introduction that will contain the background to, and the significance of, the research question. The results section(s) should contain data and its interpretation. The final chapter of the thesis should contain a summary. Students are required to submit the electronic version of their thesis in approximately week 12 of semester 2, and thesis will be distributed to the thesis examiners the following week.
Students are also asked to present their thesis orally approximately one week after thesis submission. This examination will start with a short presentation (20-30 min) which is open to anyone in the School wishing to attend. The rest of the time (up to 30 minutes) involves a session open only to the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Science academic staff and invited post-doctoral/research fellows, where questions from the two thesis examiners and other senior staff will be addressed.
Specific Course Requirements
Students must have satisfactorily completed the required occupational health and safety training.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Yes or No
Outcomes being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment for both Semester 1 and 2 Literature Review (written and oral presentation) Formative 0% No 1-5 Week 6 semester 2 Research Update Formative 0% No July of semester 2 Overall mark for Thesis:
(60% of final thesis mark)
(20% of final thesis mark)
(20% of final thesis mark)
Formative & Summative 80% No 1-5 Approximately Week 6 to 8 of semester 2
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailDEPARTMENT OF MOLECULAR AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT ASSESSMENT
The overall thesis assessment has three components (written, oral and viva)
The written thesis will be assessed by a panel of two assessors, comprised of academic staff and senior researchers. The marks of the two assessors will be averaged to give the final mark. The mark for the written thesis is independent of the mark for the oral presentation and viva. The student’s supervisor will also contribute a written thesis mark, and also marks for the oral presentation and viva as part of the academic audience, but will not be on the student’s assessment panel.
Marks from the two panel members and supervisor must be submitted to the Honours coordinator prior to the commencement of the final thesis presentations.
Where the marks for the written thesis vary between the assessors by 2 or more grade categories, the Honours assessment board of academic staff and coordinators may decide to arrange for one additional independent assessment of the written thesis.
Written thesis assessment (60%) will be based on the following:
1. Demonstrated knowledge of the experimental literature that forms the foundation of the thesis project; formation of a coherent and logical hypothesis that drives the thesis work.
2. Detailed documentation of the materials and methods for the thesis experiments.
3. Comprehensive and logical arrangement of experimental results; figures and diagrams should support the written explanation of the experimental results. All major experimental findings should be documented with the appropriate experimental evidence. Appropriate statistical tests should be used to analyse the data.
4. The discussion should examine the experimental results in the broader context of the available scientific literature; scientific conclusions should be supported by clear and logical argument.
5. The novelty and originality of the project and it outcomes may also be considered.
Assessment for the oral presentation and viva (40%)
The oral presentation and viva are assessed by the two thesis readers and by all other available academic staff. The marks of all assessors will be averaged to give the final mark.
Oral presentation (20 minutes) (20%):
1. Demonstration of understanding of the background to the thesis work and the experimental details of the current work
2. Demonstrate understanding of the significance of the work.
3. Success at condensing the year’s experimental details into a summary of the important aspects of the thesis work
4. Presentation scholarship: appropriate referencing and attribution of data and concepts to the correct sources
Thesis viva period (30 minutes) (20%):
1. Demonstration of understanding, analysis and evaluation of scientific concepts and scientific relevance
2. Demonstration of understanding, analysis and evaluation of primary experimental details
3. Demonstration of a depth of understanding of the broader fields of knowledge to the research topic and Discipline in general.
Late submission of the electronic version of the thesis will incur a penalty in the form of a reduction in mark, as follows:
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment
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