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Unit Overview


This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 to 4 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students complete a year-long project of original research within biomedical sciences. Depending on the availability of suitable supervisors and research funding, projects available within the unit vary from year to year but typically range from projects focused on the basic and molecular aspects of drug action through to projects involving clinical trials and drug testing in human subjects.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) write and compile a scientific dissertation in a format appropriate for the discipline; (2) show understanding of scientific methods relevant to their research project; (3) use statistical tools to assess reliability of their findings; (4) obtain, analyse and present original research data; (5) interpret and critically appraise their own and other research data; (6) explain the relationship of their findings to other work in the field; and (7) and respond to questions on their dissertation in a manner that shows mastery of the content and some knowledge of related areas..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: continuing assessment. 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 Mathew Martin-Iverson
Unit rules
attainment of a weighted average mark of 65 per cent in Level 3 units in a relevant Biomedical Science major or equivalent level of achievement of biomedical science knowledge from another university
or in a related biomedical discipline relevant to the student's project of choice and the supervisor's expertise
BMED4005 Biomedical Sciences Research Project part 1 BMED4006 Biomedical Sciences Research Project part 2 BMED4008 Biomedical Sciences Research Project part 4
Advisable prior study
Bachelor of Science
or Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with major in a Biomedical Sciences area
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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.