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BM5000 - Advanced Projects in Biomedicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

This subject develops research project skills including project management and requires students to apply, consolidate and extend their discipline knowledge and skills to design and complete a biomedical research project in collaboration with other students. The project design will be determined by students in consultation with staff. The students will facilitate the research projects developed by small groups of undergraduate students by providing inter-team management, leadership and interpersonal communication skills in a professional context under academic staff supervision. Students will complete workplace orientated performance management plans and critically reflect on their performance and plans for improvement. Students will develop skills in constructing a research hypothesis, protocol design, experimental techniques, quality control, data collection and analysis. Students will present experimental results in an oral format and propose future experiments in the context of a grant proposal. Student will compile and showcase their discipline knowledge and skills in the format of a job application.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate employment readiness by showcasing discipline knowledge and skills in the preparation of a job application;
  • Facilitate design and interaction of group research projects including methodology, statistical analysis, ethics, budgets and timelines and to complete experiments;
  • Critically analyse and integrate team experimental results, with a critique of methods and outcomes, in the format of an oral presentation;
  • Synthesise and formulate a grant proposal based on compiled and evaluated experimental outcomes;
  • Demonstrate sound interpersonal skills, the ability to work collaboratively in teams and between teams and the ability to critically reflect on current performance and implement improvement strategies.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (25%) - Group & Individual
  • Written Grant Application - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Proposal - (25%) - Group & Individual
  • Written Job Application (5%), Project Management Plan meeting (10%), Performance Practical assessment (5%) - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; Complete assessment requirements worth at least 80% of the total possible marks


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Dr Hillary Vanderven
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Dr Jenny Elliman, Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Assoc. Professor Brenda Govan, Dr Alanna Sorenson, Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush, Dr Hillary Vanderven, Dr Richard Francis, Dr Sacha Jensen.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours lectures
  • 73 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.