BMS500 Biomedical Research Methods (8)

This subject considers the concept of research in the Biomedical Sciences such that students acquire the skills and knowledge required for independent scholarship or research

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

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

Restricted to Biomedical Sciences postgraduate students

Incompatible Subjects

HLT505, PHM500, PHM508

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand the concepts of research in the biomedical sciences and be able to apply them;
  • demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for independent scholarship or research.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Module 1: Introduction to Biomedical Research * The Scientific Method in health research * Research Planning * Research planning * Sampling methods; Module 2: Research Skills * Experimental design; * Surveys * Qualitative field research; * Data collection * Questionnaire design * Measurement and instrumentation Module 3: Data summarisation/presentation and statistical analysis * Descriptive statistics * Organisation and presentation of data * Inferential statistics * Probability and sampling distributions * Hypothesis testing * Selection and use of statistical tests

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS500 in Session 1 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 %
Critical writting and reference management
Draft project proposal
Interactive group project
Online test

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