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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Anthony O'Brien and Dr Carole Gilmour


This unit provides students with the opportunity to encounter a challenging research environment through the interaction of philosophical paradigms and extension of theoretical knowledge and acquisitions of skills to facilitate the undertaking of a research project. The unit will build upon knowledge gained in core undergraduate research units. Students will be allocated a research supervisor to begin formulating research questions and methodology for subsequent study.


At the completion of the unit the students will be expected to:

  1. evaluate and utilise appropriate philosophical foundations of research;

  1. distinguish and critique quantitative and qualitative methodologies;

  1. develop and utilise research skills in the following areas:-
a. advanced online searching
b. documentation management
c. data collection methods and analysis;, and

  1. begin formulating research question and proposed study.


Two pieces of assessment -
Seminar - (Power Point presentation to staff and HDR students regarding the proposed piece of research, including preliminary research questions, and how a research methodology can assist to answer them) 40%

Critique of a research method(s) re answering the proposed research questions, includes literature review (publishable standard) (3,550-4000 words) 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Carole Gilmour


NUR2001 or NUR1201


Available to students undertaking Honours degree of Bachelor of Nursing or Honours degree of Bachelor of Midwifery only