Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


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, 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.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Provide advanced knowledge of experimental design and implementation in the life sciences.

2. 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. Develop a testable hypothesis; to define the aims of a scientific study; to include appropriate controls in an experimental design.

4. Understand the skills necessary to complete a scientific study and obtain meaningful results.

5. Demonstrate the skills required for writing reports and scientific manuscripts for publication and for preparing funding proposals.


  1. 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

Assumed knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to that gained in Years 1 and 2 of B Biomedical Science program.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Manuscript Review

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

In Term Test: Mid Semester examination

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks