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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24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield Full year 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Full year 2012 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester to First semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester to First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Penny Hasking


This unit covers all aspects of the conduct of research. Students undertake a study program in statistics and research design and under the guidance of a staff member plan an independent research project. This project involves designing research in relation to previous work on the topic of the study, gaining ethical approval for data collection or use of data, data gathering, data entry and analysis using appropriate statistical techniques, and the preparation of a research report and a literature review according to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The research report is to be submitted in a format ready
for publication. The research process is monitored and guided by a research supervisor who is a member of the teaching faculties.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to appreciate the role of scientific
research in the field of psychology, understand how to evaluate the validity of research conclusions, collect, analyse and interpret data related to their independent research project, correctly apply the appropriate statistical methods for designs commonly encountered in psychological research, identify ethical issues that can arise in research in psychology and how these are to be addressed, use an appropriate statistical package for analysing research data, such as the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), produce an assessable research report in a ready to publish format according to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and produce a literature review to an acceptable standard on the topic of their search.


Research proposal - oral presentation (10%).
A two-hour open book multiple choice examination on all topics covered in the statistics and research design program (15 %).
Literature review of 4000-5000 words (20%).
Research report prepared as an article for publication - 5000-7000 words (55%).

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Penny Hasking

Contact hours

24 hours per week of each semester.
The statistical analysis and research design component of the unit consists of a two hour lecture and a two hour tutorial in the case of on-campus students and a workshop program of 2.5 days together with an independent study program in the case of off-campus students. This will take place in Semester 1. Each student also plans, carries out and writes up an individual research project under the supervision of a staff member. In conjunction with this, students undertake an extensive literature
review in the area of their research. The research is conducted over two semesters.