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BIO8104 Special Study in Biomedical Science

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences

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Examiner: Kate Kauter
Moderator: John Dearnaley


This course will allow the student to choose a topic approved by the Program Coordinator from within a biomedical science discipline and obtain advanced knowledge by private study. The topic chosen should complement the studies that the student is simultaneously undertaking.


The student will be expected to gain knowledge in a selected field of biomedical science by private study in appropriate libraries and or electronic sources. Attendance at seminars both within and outside the University will also be expected.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of a major area of biomedical science at an advanced level;
  2. demonstrate a capacity to perform investigative literature searches;
  3. demonstrate an capacity to perform critical analysis of literature searched;
  4. demonstrate a capacity to synthesise and present a substantive report on literature searched in a logical and coherent manner.


Description Weighting(%)
1. No detailed teaching contents can be specified for this course. Weighting for assessment item is 100%. Students will be expected to read broadly and extensively within their approved topic area. Areas of study will be chosen in consultation with the examiner and be approved by the Program Coordinator. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 160.00
Supervisor Consultation 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
LITERATURE REVIEW 100 100 28 Feb 2012 (see note 1)

  1. The Program Coordinator will advise as to the Literature Review due date.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    The special study in biomedical science area chosen will be assigned after consultation with the examiner and the Program Coordinator. Students may be directed to a certain Biomedical science study, or they may be asked to nominate an appropriate study. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all relevant activities recommended or scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Students will be advised with a marking scheme and submission requirements.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    To be advised when the student's Special Study in Science is determined.

  6. Examination information:
    There are no examinations in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there is no examination for this course there is no deferred/supplementary examination.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. In consultation with the program Coordinator, Examiners will provide students with: (i) A topic for the Literature Review; (ii) Requirements for candidates for completion of the Literature Review so as to enable the student to reach the course objectives (iii) A marking scheme (iv) Any other requirements deemed necessary by the Examiner (v) Due date

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //