BMED4004 Medical Research Ethics and Clinical Rationale

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit covers all aspects of medical research ethics, specifically human ethics associated with clinical trials and the donation of samples, as well as plagiarism and animal ethics. Students also explore the clinical rationale for their thesis project.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the responsible conduct of research in the biomedical sciences.; (2) explore the clinical rationale for their project. This includes whether projects are validated by 'knowledge for its own sake', 'knowledge that may soon have clinical application' and immediate translational research.; and (3) demonstrate knowledge of good clinical practice.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research course; (2) clinical rationale; and (3) good clinical practice. 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 biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research course, clinical rationale, and good clinical practice components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Lynette Fernandes
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
entry into honours, usually 65 per cent
or
more in majors including Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, Genetics, Pharmacology and Biomedical Science
Co-requisites:
For students enrolled in the Biomedical Science Honours HONS-BIOMS:
BMED4001 Biomedical Science Research Literature Review, BMED4002 Research Communication in Biomedical Sciences
and
BMED4003 Medical Research Design, Protocols and Analysis.
Advisable prior study:
Bachelor of Science
or
Bachelor of Biomedical Science with major in a Biomedical Sciences area
Incompatibility:
IMED4408 Medical Research Ethics and Clinical Rationale
Contact hours
scheduled meetings with supervisors: approximately 1 hour per week, in consultation with supervisor; seminars, workshops and independent work: up to 25 hours per week spread over all four honours units.
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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