Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course focuses on developing the tangible skills required to embark on a career as an independent researcher. These include grant writing, preparing a conference abstract that concisely describes research in order to generate interest and discussion, and the development of an academic profile.

It is recognised that the outputs required in completing the HLSC4404A&B, HLSC4406 and HLSC4301A&B sequence will be based on the same body of material and involve considerable overlap.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HLSC4405. Students who have successfully completed HLSC4405 are not eligible to enrol in HLSC4406.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop skills in grant writing.

2. Disseminate and promote research, and engage professionally with peers.

3. Network and present as an independent contributor to the research community.


  1. Developing a conference abstract
  2. Preparing a research grant proposal using a prescribed format
  3. Developing an academic CV for a future career in research


This course is only available to students enrolled in the

Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) [11691];

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) [12389];

Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) [12330];

or the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) [10954]

Assumed knowledge

Bachelor degree in Oral Health, Podiatry, Nursing, Midwifery, Medical Science or an equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Conference Abstract (25%) *

Written Assignment: CV and Research Profile (25%)

Written Assignment: Grant Application Expression of Interest (50%)

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self Directed under a designated supervisor.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.