The Research Project unit of study is an individual program of supervised research in which the student, in consultation with the project supervisor, designs, conducts and disseminates the outcomes of a specific project. Research placements enable students to undertake a structured work experience program as an integral part of their degree course. Gaining practical experience in their chosen field enables students to test interest and ability in these areas.

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HBM3101 - Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Design, conduct and manage a research project;  
  2. Work independently or part of a team with minimal supervision on a research-based work or laboratory project, and demonstrate time management and project-related organisational skills;  
  3. Articulate and justify research questions/project objectives and methods;  
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in writing a research/work-based project final report, including a rationale and a summary of strengths and limitations;  
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in disseminating derived research/workplace findings to peers and the VU Medical Sciences/Public Health community.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Supervisor assessment of work performance 15%
Report Research project report (3000 words) 55%
Presentation Oral poster presentation (5mins + 5mins questions) 30%

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This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

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