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Unit Overview


BMED4002 Part 1 and BMED4005 Part 2 are paired communications units taken over semester 1 and 2. These units have similar outcomes and assessments, with BMED4002 Part 1 being “assessment continuing”. These units deliver and assess key advanced biomedical research communications skills, including 1) an oral presentation to staff and students in the School of Biomedical Sciences of the project proposal ([an in-depth overview of the literature pertaining to students' field of study; an outline of the principal aims of the study and an overview of the approaches used to achieve the aims)]; 2) review and analysis of scientific papers in a journal club, 3) participation in School of Biomedical Sciences Seminars and completion of Seminar Reflection Worksheets; and 4) final presentation and oral defence of their research project.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced skills in oral presentation of biomedical literature, data and experimental design; (2) develop advanced skills in critical analysis of biomedical research publications and data; (3) refine skills in receiving, analysing and presenting complex biomedical concepts and data; and (4) prepare, deliver and discuss original research data in a conference format.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal seminar presentation; (2) journal club participation and presentation; (3) seminar reflections; and (4) final presentation and oral defence. 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 journal club participation and presentation and seminar reflections components.

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
BMED4002 Research Communication in Biomedical Sciences (ID 1618)
18 Points BMED4006 Thesis Part 2
Contact hours
Regular attendance at School seminars, journal clubs, supervisor meetings and self-study to approx 8-10 hours per week.
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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.