• Code MEDN4001
  • Unit Value 12 to 24 units
  • Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medical Science
  • Areas of interest Cell and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Microbiology, Neuroscience, Genetics, Biomedical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Anselm Enders
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
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This is an in-person course. Contact your course convener or supervisor to see if your project can be undertaken remotely.

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.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

• Research Thesis and Thesis Defence (75%) (LO1-5)
• Journal Club (presentation and written materials) (15%) (LO2, 5)
• Final Research Seminar (10%) (LO 1, 2, 4, 5)
• Introductory Seminar CRS (LO 1,2, 5)
• Project proposal CRS (LO 1, 2, 5)

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Workload

35 hours/week for full-time (24 unit) enrolment

Requisite and Incompatibility

Corequisite: enrolment in medical science honours specialisation

Preliminary Reading

Relevant peer reviewed journal articles and reviews. Will vary according to the research project topic.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
12 to 24 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $860 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $1140 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2848 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A
2914 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5846 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A
5911 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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