2 x 1-hour lectures weekly
5 x 2-hour workshops per semester
1 x 1-hour computer lab once-only
1 Admission into BMS-Bachelor of Medical Science
1a Admission into BMSVMOPT-Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry
1b Admission into BCLSMD-Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Topic description

This topic is designed to progressively cover the key elements necessary for successful careers in medical science. It includes critical appraisal of scientific literature, the concept of experimental design, hypothesis development and testing. Students will also learn how to effectively work in groups and assessed according to their level of contribution, communication and co-operation.

Educational aims

This topic aims to progressively cover the key elements necessary for successful careers in medical science.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Critically appraise scientific literature,
  2. Identify the key features of hypothesis development and testing,
  3. Understand the role of quantitative analytical techniques in medical research,
  4. Use logical and deductive reasoning skills to solve medical science related problems,
  5. Understand the broader ethical issues which impact on the conduct of medical research,
  6. Demonstrate formal writing skills of sufficient scope and quality to support practice as a medical scientist,
  7. Demonstrate active participation within a group as evidenced by critical thinking, reasoning and verbal communication skills

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.