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  • Objectives
    The Honours program is a supervised, one-year program of independent research and study culminating in the production of a research thesis and presentation of a research seminar. Students undertake a program of course-work and research in which they conceptualise, plan, organise, undertake and report on an independent research project, whilst being supervised by a member of academic staff. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit Research Projects to view available research projects and academic supervisors.
  • Entry requirements
    In evaluating an application for admission to the Honours program, the following will be considered by the Honours committee: 1. The undergraduate record of the applicant, and the completion (or expected completion) of a relevant Bachelor’s degree. The standard for admission into the Honours program is a Bond University GPA of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale, or 5.5 on a 7-point scale. 2. Candidates must have completed at least 60 credit points of study related to the general area of the proposed Honours research project.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)
  • Course description
    Career Outcomes

    The Honours program provides a pathway to postgraduate study, typically at the PhD level. The Honours program within the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine aims to help graduates develop skills in:

        * Undertaking research
        * Project design and management
        * Information retrival and organisation
        * Written and oral professional / scientific communication
        * Writing grant applications

    COMBINED DEGREES / FURTHER STUDY

        * Master of Science by Research (Health Sciences)
        * Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences)

    RELATED COURSES

        * Bachelor of Health Sciences

    Scholarships

    The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine offers 4 Honours scholarships each year for students who have completed an eligible Bond Bachelor degree.  All scholarships, including benefits and requirements are detailed in the Bond University Scholarship Program.

    FEE-Help

    FEE-HELP is an interest free loan available to Australian citizens and those holding a permanent humanitarian visa.

    In addition to FEE-HELP, there is a range of financing options available to students. Why not attend a free Investing in your future seminar to find out more?

    COURSE STRUCTURE

    The Honours program (80CP) consists of four subjects:

        * HLSC13-310 Research Design & Statistics (10CP)
        * HLSC44-137 Final Thesis A (30CP)
        * HLSC44-138 Final Thesis B (30CP)
        * HLSC44-139 Final Thesis C (10CP)

    Research Design & Statistics (10 CP)

    This subject will provide a thorough coverage of the processes and key components required in the preparation of a full research proposal to the standard required by the National Health & Medical Research Council (NH&MRC). This subject will also provide a thorough coverage of mathematical and statistical procedures required to support both the project design and data analysis relating to the research project to be undertaken as part of the Honours program.  Parametric and non-parametric methods will be examined and will include coverage of t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation and regression. Candidates will be required to prepare a full literature review relevant to their research topic (40% of the assessment weighting), as well as a written research proposal (40%), and seminar (20%) to provide a detailed coverage of the proposed research project (including the associated statistical analyses).

    Final Thesis (70 CP)

    This subject constitutes the major assessable component of the Honours candidature. It will be assessed according to the detailed assessment criteria provided on the basis of an evaluation of the thoroughness of the literature review, the validity and reliability of the data collected, as well as the subsequent analysis, interpretation, presentation and discussion of the results. As part of the assessment procedures, candidates will be required to prepare a full dissertation (80% of the assessment weighting) and a final seminar (20%) in which the research project and associated results will be presented and defended.

    APPROVAL OF DISSERTATION TOPIC AND SUPERVISION

    The candidate’s application for admission to the Honours program is considered by the Honours Committee and the Honours Program Chair in consultation with proposed/potential supervisors. Approval of the application for Honours candidature also indicates approval of the dissertation topic and Supervisor(s).

    The degree with Honours may be awarded in the following classes:  Honours Class I (85-100%), Honours Class IIA (75-84%), Honours Class IIB (65-74%), Honours Class III (50-64%).

    Future Research Projects

    The Faculty has plans for a number of future research projects in the following areas:
    Biomedical Science

        * Genetics
              o Cardiac Gene Expression Analysis Following Ischaemic Preconditioning or Postconditioning
              o Development of Gene Knockdown Approaches as a Therapeutic for Ischaemic Heart Disease
        * Immunology
              o Assessment of Immune Function after Short Term Administration of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (RHGH)
              o Immunological Investigations in the Aetiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)
              o The Immunology of Exercise
        * Neuroscience
              o Effects of Hypoxia on Zebrafish Brain Development
        * Physiology/Pharmacology
              o Effect of Calorie Restriction on Enteric Neuro-Degeneration and Function
              o Effects of Cystic Fibrosis Virulence Factors on Smooth Muscle Motility and Epithelial Ion Secretion
              o Effects of Magnetic Stimulation on Motor Output in Humans
              o Effects of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
              o Herbal Medicines for Gastrointestinal Disorders - Mechanisms of Action
              o Signal Transduction and Trafficking of G Protein-Coupled Receptors
              o Spontaneous Contractile Activity of the Bladder Urothelium and its role in Bladder Overactivity
              o Stimulation of Muscarinic Receptor Subtypes and its Effects on Smooth Muscle Tone and Nitric Oxide Release in the Internal Anal Sphincte

    Children's Services

        * Children’s Standpoint on Quality: Giving Children Voice in the National Agenda on Early Childhood

    Forensic Science

        * Improved Detection of DNA in Forensic Samples
        * DNA Markers for Human Physical Appearance
        * Improved Methods for Analysis of Low Amounts of Male DNA in Forensic Samples

    Medical Research

        * Do secondary journals faithfully report the conclusions of primary research?
        * How do Trials Report Outcomes of Interventions for Spontaneously Remitting Disease?
        * A Systematic Review of RCTS in Medical Education
        * What proportion of Cochrane reviews of spontaneously remitting disease measure severity as well as duration of symptoms?

    Sports & Exercise Science

        * Exercise Dose-Response Relationships in Healthy Women Aged 65-74 Years

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