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MEDI712 – Research Frontiers in Medical Science 2

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Dr Marina Junqueira Santiago
Level 1, 75 Talavera Rd
Consultation by appointment
Unit Convenor
Dr Danè Turner
Level 1, 75 Talavera Rd
Consultation by appointment
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
Building on MEDI711, students will continue to acquire an advanced conceptual knowledge of breakthrough discoveries relevant to a range of topics within the field of medical research. Through mentoring by senior research-active staff and post-doctoral researchers within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, students will gain discipline specific knowledge that will be relevant to their future research careers. Students will: 1. Attend seminars and lectures focused on ongoing research projects from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and from invited speakers from leading national and international research institutes 2. Participate in self-directed tasks in which they will develop skills related to writing grant applications and reviews.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire advanced knowledge of current research in medical science
  2. Identify and discuss complex problems and issues in medical research with intellectual independence
  3. Synthesise and analyse information from a wide variety of sources on medical research
  4. Develop oral and written communication skills, related to grant applications, and self-directed learning.
  5. Identify pertinent areas of research and formulate a suitable methodology to test out a research question
  6. Evaluate and appraise a research protocol based on quality, feasibility and significance.

General Assessment Information

Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading are contained in the Macquarie University Grading Policy, which is available at: http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/grading/policy.html

To pass this unit, students must demonstrate sufficient evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes.

Further details for each assessment task will be available on iLearn including marking rubrics.

All final grades are determined by a grading committee and are not the sole responsibility of the Unit Convenors.

Extensions

Applications for assessment task extensions must be submitted via: www.ask.mq.edu.au.

For further details please refer to the Disruption to Studies Policy available at: http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Late Submission

All assignments which are officially received after the due date, and where no extension has been granted, will incur a deduction of 10% for the first day, and 10% for each subsequent day including the actual day on which the work is received. Weekends and public holidays are included. For example:

Due date Received Days late Deduction Raw mark Final mark
Friday 14th Monday 17th 3 30% 75% 45%

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Shark-Tank Grant Pitch 20% Week 7
Grant Application 40% Week 9
Peer Review and Rebuttal 30% Week 11/12
Seminar Attendance 10% Week 13

Shark-Tank Grant Pitch

Due: Week 7
Weighting: 20%

Having attended six weeks of research talks, students will be asked to decide on a research question within the areas covered. They will then pitch their grant to an audience of research peers. This will be a 10-minute talk and 5-minute question session in a Shark-Tank style live pitch. 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify and discuss complex problems and issues in medical research with intellectual independence
  • Develop oral and written communication skills, related to grant applications, and self-directed learning.
  • Identify pertinent areas of research and formulate a suitable methodology to test out a research question

Grant Application

Due: Week 9
Weighting: 40%

Students will submit a mock grant application based on the MQ New Staff application


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Acquire advanced knowledge of current research in medical science
  • Identify and discuss complex problems and issues in medical research with intellectual independence
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a wide variety of sources on medical research
  • Develop oral and written communication skills, related to grant applications, and self-directed learning.
  • Identify pertinent areas of research and formulate a suitable methodology to test out a research question

Peer Review and Rebuttal

Due: Week 11/12
Weighting: 30%

Students will provide a peer review of another’s grants (Strengths, weaknesses, significance and innovation). A week later (week 12), the students will discuss and respond to the comments of the peer reviewers (staff as well as peers).  


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Acquire advanced knowledge of current research in medical science
  • Identify and discuss complex problems and issues in medical research with intellectual independence
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a wide variety of sources on medical research
  • Develop oral and written communication skills, related to grant applications, and self-directed learning.
  • Evaluate and appraise a research protocol based on quality, feasibility and significance.

Seminar Attendance

Due: Week 13
Weighting: 10%

MRes students are expected to attend a minimum of 15 seminars (medical related and at least 30 minutes each) over the Semester. These can include Research Seminars hosted by Biomedical Sciences, AIHI, the Department of Health Professions or other Faculties.  In addition to the log book attendance record, you must prepare a detailed critique for five of the attended seminars. Log book and critique will need to be submitted via Turnitin on week 13. If the log book is incomplete or insufficient seminars have been attended, a zero grade for this component will be recorded. 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Acquire advanced knowledge of current research in medical science
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a wide variety of sources on medical research
  • Evaluate and appraise a research protocol based on quality, feasibility and significance.

Delivery and Resources

Throughout the semester students will be provided with references to various journal papers which they will be expected to read and reflect on. Students are also encouraged to expand their knowledge and understanding of topics presented by further reading of the current literature (using databases such as Scopus and PubMed).

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy  http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy.html

Grading Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/grading/policy.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Grievance Management Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/grievance_management/policy.html

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Acquire advanced knowledge of current research in medical science

Assessment tasks

  • Shark-Tank Grant Pitch
  • Grant Application
  • Peer Review and Rebuttal

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and discuss complex problems and issues in medical research with intellectual independence
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a wide variety of sources on medical research
  • Develop oral and written communication skills, related to grant applications, and self-directed learning.
  • Identify pertinent areas of research and formulate a suitable methodology to test out a research question
  • Evaluate and appraise a research protocol based on quality, feasibility and significance.

Assessment tasks

  • Shark-Tank Grant Pitch
  • Grant Application
  • Peer Review and Rebuttal
  • Seminar Attendance

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and discuss complex problems and issues in medical research with intellectual independence
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a wide variety of sources on medical research
  • Identify pertinent areas of research and formulate a suitable methodology to test out a research question
  • Evaluate and appraise a research protocol based on quality, feasibility and significance.

Assessment tasks

  • Shark-Tank Grant Pitch
  • Grant Application
  • Peer Review and Rebuttal
  • Seminar Attendance

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Develop oral and written communication skills, related to grant applications, and self-directed learning.
  • Identify pertinent areas of research and formulate a suitable methodology to test out a research question
  • Evaluate and appraise a research protocol based on quality, feasibility and significance.

Assessment tasks

  • Shark-Tank Grant Pitch
  • Grant Application
  • Peer Review and Rebuttal

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Acquire advanced knowledge of current research in medical science
  • Identify and discuss complex problems and issues in medical research with intellectual independence
  • Develop oral and written communication skills, related to grant applications, and self-directed learning.
  • Identify pertinent areas of research and formulate a suitable methodology to test out a research question

Assessment tasks

  • Shark-Tank Grant Pitch
  • Grant Application
  • Peer Review and Rebuttal

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Synthesise and analyse information from a wide variety of sources on medical research

Assessment tasks

  • Grant Application
  • Peer Review and Rebuttal
  • Seminar Attendance

Changes from Previous Offering

This unit, similar to previous years, is an extension of MEDI711 from Semester 1. The core research topics have been modified to reflect current research within the Department of Biomedical Sciences.