BMS301 Medical Science Special Topic (8)

This subject considers issues that may confront a graduate medical scientist. Topics covered include methods of information retrieval from published literature and report writing. A literature survey on a selected topic from medical science will be presented both as a written report, a poster and an oral seminar.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS301. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in the B Medical Science course, B Medical Science/ B Medical and Applied Biotechnology double degree program or postgraduate Respiratory Science students

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • appreciate the organisation and structure of the scientific literature;
  • be able to apply knowledge of medical science information sources to literature searching;
  • be able to collect, collate and critically review information on a specific topic;
  • be able to apply scientific conventions commonly used both in the presentation of an oral seminar, a scientific poster and in a written report;
  • be able to describe in depth a specific area of medical science through the medium of the literature review.


This subject will cover the following topics:

The syllabus will cover the following topics: * information sources in medical science; abstracting journals, computer data bases, use of original articles and of reviews; * scientific writing and verbal presentation of information; * a substantial review of the scientific literature on a selected topic of medical science, presented both in written form, a poster and as an oral seminar.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS301 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Draft literature review
Poster presentation
Oral presentation - seminar
Literature review (final)

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.