Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital Summer semester A 2014 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Summer semester A 2014 (Off-campus)
Berwick Summer semester A 2014 (Day)
Berwick Summer semester A 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2014 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2014 (Off-campus)
Peninsula Summer semester A 2014 (Day)
Peninsula Summer semester A 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Marilyn Baird


This unit is designed to equip health practitioners with the skills to confidently and successfully conduct professional focused research of interest to them. Students will review existing research literature, create a research question, select an appropriate methodology and finalise a research protocol for institutional ethics approval.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Synthesise critical arguments in relation to the scientific literature of relevance to the research question.
  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities of scientific investigation.
  3. Formulate a research question grounded in the critical review of the literature.
  4. Choose an appropriate research methodology.
  5. Create a rigorous and feasible research protocol that includes data collection methods and participant recruitment procedures.
  6. Prepare a submission for ethics committee approval.


Literature review in the form of a journal article (4,000 - 5,000 words) (50%)
Research proposal (3,000 words) (35%)
Ethical issues critique (1,500 words) (15%)
Completion of an ethics application (Hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

On-campus and Off-campus:
1 hour per fortnight consultation with supervisor either face to face or electronic,
11 hours per week directed research activities which may include on-line tasks (project dependent),
12 hours per week for self-directed study.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Nursing, Health professional education