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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Graham Jenkin


This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to work with an academic supervisor and complete a research project in the areas of stem cell technologies and tissue repair, immunology, germ cells, embryology, ovarian and fetal physiology. The research project may be chosen from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories. The unit convenor and supervisor must approve the project topic at the time of enrolment. Students will work in a research laboratory to obtain data, write a preliminary and final report on the project and will give a series of oral presentations on their work.


On completion of this unit, students will have acquired the following skills and attributes: review scientific literature in the areas of stem cell technologies and tissue repair, immunology, germ cell biology, embryology, or ovarian and fetal physiology; including the ability to identify key information in this area; access databases for provision of information; presentation of oral reports; construction of written reports; manage workloads to meet deadlines; work with a significant degree of independence; plan a large project, including the ability to adjust planning as events and results dictate; conduct appropriate statistical analysis of results; perform routine laboratory measurements and manipulations; maintain efficient and meaningful communication with a project supervisor and gain experience in the use of technical word processing packages and graphics software.


Three oral reports (preliminary 15 minutes, 10%, and final, 15 minutes, 10%): 20%
Two written reports (preliminary 1,500 words, 10% and final 8,000 words, 50%): 60%
Assessment of laboratory work: 20%.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Graham Jenkin

Contact hours

12 hours per week


Permission of the Director of MISCL