BioSMART: An integrated programme to enhance graduate skills in biomedical science
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The BioSMART (Scientific Methods for Analytical and Reasoning Skills and Critical Thinking) program was developed to support the professional development of Bachelor of Biomedical Science students in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine at Bond University. BioSMART comprises an integrated suite of learning activities and assessments embedded across the degree program in three phases. In Phase One, students develop foundational laboratory and scientific reasoning and writing skills. In Phase Two, students plan and conduct scientific research projects and other activities, which develop work-ready competencies including project design, implementation, data analysis, team work and presentation skills. Finally, in Phase Three, students develop higher cognitive skills such as critical thinking and reasoning and advanced laboratory skills through a weekly Journal Club and a curriculum centred on Problem Based Learning. By integrating learning activities relevant to the core practices of biomedical scientists into an innovative curriculum, graduates are well prepared for a successful transition into the scientific professions. The BioSMART program was awarded an Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2008.
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