BMED4003 Medical Research Design, Protocols and Analysis

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit presents and discusses key issues in the implementation of a medical research project. Specific topics include research design and planning, occupational health and safety, statistics, quality control and general logistics.
Students are able to (1) design a research project based on a clinical question, within a budget and using readily sourced materials; (2) appraise and discuss the main steps in the research process such as hypothesis generation, establishment of aims and objectives, and analysis and interpretation of data; (3) identify and explain the strengths and limitations of different research approaches pertinent to their research project; (4) understand and execute a range of statistical analyses relevant to laboratory based and clinical research, e.g. group mean comparison statistics (parametric and non-parametric), correlation and regression analysis, predictive statistics (sensitivity, odds ratios, relative risk) and contingency tables; and (5) discuss considerations relevant to safety in the laboratory and other occupational health and safety issues.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class assignments; (2) site project-specific training; and (3) research project design and statistics plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the class assignments, site project-specific training, and research project design and statistics plan components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Mathew Martin-Iverson
Unit rules
65 or better average in a Major in Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Genetics, Cancer biology, Pharmacology, Biomedical Science, Neuroscience or similar biomedical science discipline appropriate for the field of study within the School of Biomedical Science
For students enrolled in the Biomedical Science Honours HONS-BIOMS:
BMED4001 Biomedical Science Research Literature Review, BMED4002 Research Communication in Biomedical Sciences and BMED4004 Medical Research Ethics and Clinical Rationale
Advisable prior study:
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science with major in a Biomedical Sciences area
IMED4407 Medical Research Design, Protocols and Analysis
Contact hours
module: 1 x 3-hour online chemistry for researchers module; tutorials: 8 x 1-hour on research design and statistics; various times of contact with site-specific training (eg. PAWES, CPR, GMO training, radiation safety training)
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