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  • Objectives
    The objectives of this course are to provide students with skills in:

    • conducting research in biomedical and health sciences;

    • designing experiments;

    • taking responsibility for managing a research project;

    • preparing and giving an oral and written presentation of the results;

    • expressing intellectual, scientific arguments; and

    • assimilating and critically evaluating existing knowledge within a scientific paradigm.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Science - Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Course description
    Students undertaking the Master of Science (Biomedical and Health Sciences program) must complete 200 points comprising:

        * between 50 and 100 points of discipline subjects;
        * between 25 and 37.5 points of Professional Tools subjects; and
        * a 75 point minor research project or a 125 point research major research project.

    Discipline Subjects
    (50 - 100 points)

    Depending upon the choice of research project (see below), between 50 and 100 points of discipline subjects must be completed. Students may select approved subjects relevant to the proposed research project from those within the Master of Science programs, in particular from the Master of Science (Biotechnology), Master of Science (Genetics program), Master of Science (Zoology program) and, subject to eligibility and pre-requisites, Masters by coursework programs offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

    Professional Tools
    (25 - 37.5 points)

    Students must complete between 25 and 37.5 points from the following list:

        * Critical Analysis in Science – (available semester 2, 2010)
        * eScience - (available semester 2, 2010)
        * 600-618 Ethics and Responsibility in Science
        * 600-614 Business Tools: Money, People & Projects
        * 600-619 Science and Communication
        * 600-616 Science in Context
        * 600-617 Systems Modeling and Simulation
        * 600-615 Thinking and Reasoning with Data

    Research Project (75 or 125 points)

    Students must complete a research project under the supervision of a staff member of a School, Department or affiliated institute of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Depending on supervisor and project availability, research may be undertaken in a range of areas including:

        * Anatomy and Cell Biology
        * Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
        * Clinical and Biomedical Sciences
        * Medicine
        * Microbiology and Immunology
        * Neurosciences
        * Nursing
        * Oral Biology (Dental Science)
        * Otolaryngology (Hearing Sciences)
        * Opthalmology (Eye Research)
        * Paediatrics
        * Pathology
        * Pharmacology
        * Physiology
        * Physiotherapy
        * Population Health
        * Psychiatry
        * Psychology
        * Surgery

    Students will choose between a 75 point minor research project or a 125 point major research project.

    Minor Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences
    (75 points)

    Subject to supervisor approval, students may enrol in a combination of of research project subjects as indicated below, over their two years of full-time study or over their four years of part-time study, to ensure they have completed a total of 75 points for the minor research project by the end of their course.

        * 510-624 Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences Minor - 50 points
        * 510-625 Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences Minor - 37.5 points
        * 510-626 Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences Minor - 25 points
        * 510-627 Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences Minor - 12.5 points

    Major Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences (125 points)

    Subject to supervisor approval, students may enrol in a combination of of research project subjects as indicated below, over their two years of full-time study or over their four years of part-time study, to ensure they have completed a total of 125 points for the major research project by the end of their course.

        * 510-675 Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences Major - 50 points
        * 510-673 Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences Major - 37.5 points
        * 510-672 Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences Major - 25 points
        * 510-671 Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences Major - 12.5 points

    Subject      Semester      Credit Points
    510-624  Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences
    No description available     Semester 1, Semester 2     50

    510-625  Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences
    No description available     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    510-626  Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences
    No description available     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    510-627  Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences
    No description available     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    510-671  Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences
    No description available     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     12.50

    510-672  Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences
    No description available     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     25

    510-673  Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences
    No description available     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     37.50

    510-675  Project in Biomedical & Health Sciences
    No description available     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     50

    600-618  Ethics and Responsibility in Science
    What is scientific fraud? What should a scientist do when he or she finds fraud is occurring on a scientific or medical research team? How does a scientist write and defend an ethics submission and get it approved? How can a scientist ensure complian...     Semester 2     12.50

    600-614  Business Tools:Money, People & Projects
    This subject will give an overview of the tools required to operate successfully in an organisational environment. The focus of the subject is the internal workings of an organisation and specifically addresses three main areas: working with people,...     Semester 2     12.50

    600-619  Science and Communication
    This subject reviews the range of competencies needed to operate effectively in the workplace.Students develop a clear understanding of the nature of managerial work and the kinds of skills required to manage oneself and others in organisations. Comm...     Semester 1     12.50

    600-616  Science in Context
    As a Scientist, one of the main challenges is to communicate scientific knowledge to the wider community. Whether the issues are big or small, communicating complex scientific knowledge needs to be ‘context relevant’. Increas...     Semester 2     12.50

    600-617  Systems Modelling and Simulation
    Modern science and business makes extensive use of computers for simulation, because complex real-world systems often cannot be analysed exactly, but can be simulated. Using simulation we can perform virtual experiments with the system, to see how it...     Semester 1     12.50

    600-615  Thinking and Reasoning with Data
    What conclusion can be drawn from a pool of data? How can a scientist draw meaningful conclusions while not overreaching? How can modelling help the scientist interpret data? This subject will address these questions by teaching students critical th...     Semester 1     12.50

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