Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNotting Hill First semester (extended) 2012 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Elizabeth Molloy


The unit focuses on research in contemporary health professional education. It will provide participants with the opportunity to develop foundation research skills and knowledge tailored to their teaching environment and/or interests.


On successful completion of this unit, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Outline the significance of educational research to the foundations and development of health professional education and practice;
  2. Demonstrate a sound knowledge-base related to the research process including the ability to critique education and practice;
  3. Critically examine and select methods for educational research in the health professions;
  4. Design appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods to explore and evaluate education in the health professions;
  5. Articulate key theoretical issues relevant to research in health professional education;
  6. Describe key strategies to promote rigour in research in health professional education;
  7. Develop a submission to gain ethics approval from a university Ethics Committee for an educational research proposal.


Systematic literature review (30%)
Ethics application (20%)
Research proposal (40%)
Research portfolio (10%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Liz Molloy

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus with compulsory study days