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Thesis in Systems Medicine (BIO610)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 24
Availability MURDOCH: H-internal
Description Students will work independently on a research project with the focus on applying omics technology in clinically based research. The thesis should demonstrate in depth knowledge in the chosen topic and the associated research methodologies.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
ULO1: Explain the research principles and methods utilised within omics based science research.
ULO2: Identify and apply an appropriate data analysis strategy to generate, evaluate and correctly interpret
the results of an omics dataset
ULO3: Justify the scientific decision-making with respect to results of the research project
ULO4: Develop communication skills (technical writing and oral presentation) in disseminating research to audience of different levels
ULO5: Design, plan and execute a substantial piece of research on omics science
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences Students are expected to devote 1200 hours over two semesters. The approach to learning in this unit incorporates face-to-face meetings with project supervisor specific to their chosen research project and a sizeable focus on self-directed learning. As such the majority of the information gained during enrolment in this unit will be by independent research with continued development of practical skills assisted by the laboratory manager and other research staff. These differing approaches will allow students to achieve the unit learning outcomes.
Other Learning Experiences Students will attend supervisor's weekly research group meeting. This will encourage students to feel part of the research culture.
Students will actively participate as researchers in omics based research projects currently running within Murdoch University.
Assessment Students will be assessed via thesis (85%) and a poster presentation (15%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Systems Medicine (Research), or completion of Graduate Diploma in Systems Medicine with a minimum score of 65%.
Notes This unit builds on the Advanced Research Methods for Scientists (VLS683) and Research Design in Systems Medicine (BIO510).
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Systems Medicine (Research) (MSysMed(Res))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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