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HSC2102

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Helen Ackland, Dr Catherine Joyce

Synopsis

The unit will look at how epidemiological techniques are applied in clinical research. It will explore how clinical trials and other types of studies are conducted in clinical settings. It will cover measurement of signs and symptoms (including normal and abnormal) and other clinical measurements, conduct and design of clinical research, interpretation of clinical research findings, and practical and ethical issues in clinical research.

Objectives

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise evidence relating to the causation, diagnosis, natural history, treatment and prognosis of disease.
  2. Develop and select appropriate measures for use in clinical research
  3. Design and conduct epidemiological research in clinical settings
  4. Describe the application of clinical research findings to clinical practice
  5. Critically appraise ethical and practical considerations in clinical research

Assessment

Online assessment tasks: 30%
Written assignment: 30%
Written examination: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Catherine Joyce

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week plus 9 hours per week private study

Prerequisites

HSC2141 or BMS1042

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

http://www.med.monash.edu.au/epidemiology/