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BMED4004 Medical Research Ethics and Scientific Rationale

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
This unit covers all aspects of medical research ethics and good clinical practice that is integral to research. Students also explore the clinical, scientific and/or translational rationale for their thesis project.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced understanding of the responsible conduct of research in the biomedical sciences; (2) evaluate the clinical, scientific and/or translational rationale for their project; this includes whether projects are validated by 'knowledge for its own sake', 'knowledge that may soon have clinical or scientific application' and immediate translational research; and (3) demonstrate an advanced understanding of good clinical practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) biomedical responsible conduct of research course; (2) written evaluation of the clinical/scientific/translational rationale; and (3) course in 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, written evaluation of the clinical/scientific/translational rationale, and course in good clinical practice components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Lynette Fernandes
Unit rules
entry into honours, usually 65 per cent or more in majors including Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, Genetics, Pharmacology and 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 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
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.
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