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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

4 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.0833333 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ray Budd


This unit introduces students to the principles and practice of scientific research. A range of research methodologies will be explored together with the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, methods of communication and subsequent critique of the findings. This unit will also facilitate practical experience of the research process through the completion of an extensive literature research project related to the discipline of radiation therapy.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate and communicate a broad and critical concept of:

  1. the role of research in the profession of radiation therapy;
  2. the scope of research conducted in radiation therapy;
  3. different methods of knowledge acquisition and synthesis and be aware of the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities of scientific investigation;
  4. basic research concepts and methodology and the different approaches in research in both qualitative and quantitative experimental design;
  5. the process of research through participation, under supervision, in a research project.
As well, students will have a practical knowledge and understanding of the process of gaining ethics approval for a research project.


Assignment of 1500 words 20%
Project report: 80%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Marilyn Baird


MMR5022 and either RTS5020 or NMS5020