• Class Number 8535
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 to 24 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Ian Cockburn
    • AsPr Ian Cockburn
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
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The main component of the Honours Course is a supervised research project that is undertaken in one of the medical research laboratories at ANU. Through this project students learn skills in critical analysis of the literature, project and experiment planning, laboratory and other techniques in medical research, data analysis and interpretation, and communication of research outcomes. The other marked component of the year is the presentation of a recent research paper to foster skills in critical analysis of the literature. Most students in this honours course are expected to be doing projects with supervisors based in the John Curtin School of Medical Research, in the disciplines of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics, Genome Biology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, or Neuroscience. However projects may be undertaken in laboratories in the Research School of Biology, other Schools at ANU where a group has a focus on medical research, or The Canberra Hospital at the discretion of the convenor. Students should first speak to potential supervisors and then the convenor several months before their intended starting semester to ensure they secure a suitable project.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge in an area of medical research.
  2. Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions
  3. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques in medical research to collect original research data.
  4. Analyse and interpret original medical research data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate.
  5. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.

Research-Led Teaching

MEDN4001 is an Honours Year with a Medical Research Specialisation.

A full time load is over 2 semesters.

Students undertake a research project in the field of Medical Research. Students will undertake a project under the supervision of an academic from the College of Health and Medicine. Additionally, students, are expected to participate in a the activities (e.g. journal clubs) of one of the departments of the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

Field Trips

It is possible that some research projects have a fieldwork component.

Required Resources

The complete Medical Research Honours handbook, 2020 timeline, assessment criteria are available on the the Medical Research Honours Wattle site.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Via regular meetings with supervisors where general feedback on day to day progress will be given
  • Indicative marks (subject to subsequent moderation) for assessed milestones will be given before then end of each semester
  • Specific feedback will be provided by examiners on the journal club, thesis and defense, and final seminar exercises

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

The Semester 2 Honours year has a start date of 27th July 2020.

Medical Research Honours is a one year program. The timelines in this outline provide a general indication for a student commencing in Semester 2 and submitting in Semester 1 of the following year.

The convenor details in this summary apply to students beginning in Semester 2 2020

Students commencing Honours in Semester 1 should refer to the Semester 1 class summary.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 The honours year, Semester 2 intake, commences on Monday 27th July with a welcome session which includes information and a building induction at JCSMR
2 In house training courses are scheduled throughout the year. Details are provided in the honours timeline and on the wattle site. The training required depends on the nature of the research project and should be discussed with your supervisor. For details of the timing of training courses see the honours timeline for 2020 (2nd Semester intake).
3 The focus of the honours year is the completion of a thesis based on a research project. The other assessed components are the presentation of a paper at journal club in the first semester and a final presentation of data at the end of the year. Additional milestones will need to be completed through the year. Full details of milestones and assessment requirements are given in the 2020 (2nd Semester intake) honours handbook.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Grant Proposal 0 % 10/09/2020 16/10/2020 1,2,3,4,5
Seminar on proposed research project and meeting with advisor 0 % 16/10/2020 16/10/2020 1,2,5
Journal club presentation 15 % 03/12/2020 16/12/2020 2,5
Submission of First Draft of Thesis 0 % 13/05/2021 20/05/2021 1,2,3,4,5
Submission of Thesis 75 % 27/05/2021 01/07/2021 1,2,3,4,5
Final Seminar 10 % 21/06/2021 22/06/2021 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation in group lab meetings, department journal clubs and seminars and school seminars is mandatory. Attendance at the initial and final seminars of the honours cohort is also mandatory.


There is no exam

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 10/09/2020
Return of Assessment: 16/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Grant Proposal

A written literature review and research plan modeled on the NHMRC guidelines. For full details of formatting and word limits see the honours handbook.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 16/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 16/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

Seminar on proposed research project and meeting with advisor

A 15 minute presentation (12 minute talk + 3 minutes questions) outlining the proposed work. This is to be open to the whole school. Talks will be scheduled over 2 days and attendance at the talks of your fellow honours students is compulsory. Around the same time you are required to meet with your advisor. A signoff sheet is provided to confirm that this meeting has taken place.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 03/12/2020
Return of Assessment: 16/12/2020
Learning Outcomes: 2,5

Journal club presentation

A journal club presentation of a high quality paper including a critical analysis of the experiments and analysis. The paper will be assigned by your department 3 weeks before your scheduled presentation. You will also be required to submit an annotated bibliography of five related papers. Full details of presentation and submission requirements as well as the marking rubric will be in the handbook.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 13/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 20/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Submission of First Draft of Thesis

A draft of the thesis to be submitted for comments and feedback from the supervisor.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 75 %
Due Date: 27/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Submission of Thesis

The thesis is the formal written presentation of the research project, together with the oral exam this will constitute the main assessment item in the course. Full details of formatting and submission requirements as well as the marking rubric will be in the handbook.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 21/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 22/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Seminar

A 15 minute presentation (12 minute talk + 3 minutes questions) outlining the completed work. Talks will be scheduled over 2 days and attendance at the talks of your fellow honours students is compulsory. Full details of presentation requirements as well as the marking rubric will be in the handbook.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Ian Cockburn
02 6125 4619

Research Interests

Immunology and Infectious Diseases

AsPr Ian Cockburn

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AsPr Ian Cockburn

Research Interests

AsPr Ian Cockburn

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