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Unit Overview


Students write a literature review and research proposal outlining the principal aims of the study, the prior literature that sets the background and context of those aims, and an overview of the study design and methodology to be used to achieve the aims. The purpose of the Literature Review and Research Proposal is to: (a) ensure that the student is familiar with existing work in the field, (b) increase their awareness of experimental approaches that can be used to address research questions, (c) establish the relevance and significance of their project, (d) identify gaps in current knowledge and formulate aims addressing the identified gaps, and to (e) focus the student on the task ahead.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) format bibliography in an appropriate style; (2) formulate aims to address the identified gaps in research; (3) develop a research plan to address the aims of the project; (4) compile, read and critically evaluate literature relevant to the area of research; (5) identify gaps in current knowledge; and (6) demonstrate high level written communication skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review and (2) research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jeffrey Keelan and Dr Mitali Sarkar-Tyson
Unit rules
Enrolment in
HON-BIOMS Medical Research (ID 974)
BMED4002 Research Communication in Biomedical Science Part 1
and BMED4003 Thesis 1
and BMED4004 Research Ethics, Rationale and Design
Contact hours
Approximately 8-10 hours per week including the commencement of research and meetings with supervisors to review the literature and its scientific context and to plan and develop the research proposal.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.