Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester (extended) 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester (extended) 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester (extended) 2013 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester (extended) 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester (extended) 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester (extended) 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Juanita Fernando


This unit is one of two that together provide students with the skills and knowledge to support completion of a research project at honours level in medical science or health care research. It allows students the opportunity to develop an understanding of research design and project development as well as building skills in sourcing and appraising research literature. Students will be expected to develop knowledge and skills in data handling and management and to demonstrate appropriate skills communicating research information in both oral and written formats.


Upon successful completion of this students will be able to:

  • Outline different research perspectives and methodologies in health science and health care;
  • Identify the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project;
  • Systematically identify and locate information and evidence in research literature, including electronic and internet searching and bibliographic tools;
  • Interpret and critically appraise research literature;
  • Perform simple statistical analyses;
  • Select and apply the appropriate statistical methods for data relating to basic research questions;
  • Identify good practices in data collection, management and quality control;
  • Describe principles of and processes for data confidentiality, access and security;
  • Use computer software and applications for data acquisition and word processing; and
  • Communicate research information in both oral and written formats to their peers.


Oral presentation: 20%
End of semester written examination: 40%
Literature review (2000 - 3000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Average 12 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in the Honours degree of Bachelor of Medical Science


MED7011 Medical Science Research Project A


MED7001, MED7002