Advanced Skills in Research Design

Course code HUBS3410Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

This course focuses on the acquisition of skills necessary to design research studies in the life sciences. Such skills include the development of testable hypotheses based on high level literature searches, the ability to clearly define the aims of the study, the inclusion of appropriate controls in the experimental design, the analytical skills necessary to conduct the required experiments and collect appropriate data, and the ability to choose the most appropriate statistical method to analyse the data obtained. The course is organised as a series of modules with each module focusing on research design used in specific scientific disciplines.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. To provide students with an advanced knowledge of experimental design and implementation in the life sciences.
2. To compare and contrast the design features common to high quality experimentation in all fields of scientific endeavour and that required in specialist areas of scientific research.
3. At the completion of this course, students should be able to develop a testable hypothesis; to define the aims of a scientific study; to include appropriate controls in an experimental design.
4. The student will have gained knowledge and understanding of the analytical skills necessary to complete a scientific study and obtain meaningful results.
5. At the completion of the course the student will have gained the skills required for writing reports and scientific manuscripts for publication and for preparing funding proposals.
Content1. Development of a testable hypotheses from reading relevant scientific literature
2. Experimental design including the use of appropriate controls and statistical methods
3. Experimental design in specialist scientific disciplines
4. Analytical skills necessary to conduct high quality scientific experiments
5. Preparation of research reports and manuscripts for publication
6. Preparation of the experimental design section of an application for research funding
Replacing Course(s)HUBS3408 Frontiers in Biomedical Science 10 units
TransitionStudents required to repeat the 10 unit HUBS3408 Frontiers in Biomedical Science will enrol in the new HUBS3410.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeKnowledge equivalent to that gained in Years 1 and 2 of B Biomedical Science program.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid term examination
Course Learning Objectives 1,2,3,4,5
Essays / Written AssignmentsSmall grant proposal
Course Learning Objectives 1,3,4,5
Examination: FormalCourse Learning Objectives 1,2,3,4,5
Group/tutorial participation and contributionManuscript review which includes a group presentation & discussion.
Course Learning Objectives 1,2,3,4,5
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HUBS3410