SCIE5510 Biomedical Science Research in Context—Literature Review

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit consists of supervisor-supported identification and reading of the literature relevant to a selected area of biomedical science, development of a critical review of the literature and, where appropriate, a specific set of aims and hypotheses. Students receive formal instruction in the practice of scientific writing and complete formative writing exercises prior to submission of a literature review.
Students are able to (1) critically evaluate current knowledge within a specific area of biomedical science; (2) recognise gaps in the knowledge of a field which could be addressed within a few months of research; (3) appreciate the place of their research topic within the theoretical field and within the methodological spectrum; (4) communicate scientific ideas in written format; and (5) identify key findings and choose relevant information for communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) formative writing exercise (project plan) and (2) literature review. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Shane Maloney
Unit rules
enrolment in Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
Contact hours
scheduled meetings with supervisors to plan develop and review the research project and its scientific context; tutorials to formally develop writing skills
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