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
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Professor Marilyn Baird


This unit is the final unit in a sequence of three units designed for students who have elected to complete a minor thesis and use the study as evidence of independent research experience in an application for entry into the PhD program. Using the research protocol developed in the context of the prerequisite unit MAP5000 and the project completed for MAP5001 students will develop advanced skills in gathering and interrogating data using acceptable analytical processes and developing an informed and defensible conclusion.


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

  1. Complete the collection of data in accordance with the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities of scientific investigation, the research paradigm informing the research process and the overarching ethics approval.
  2. Organise, analyse and interpret data meaningfully and according to the accepted practices within the research paradigm informing the research process.
  3. Synthesise critical arguments in relation to the existing literature about the topic.
  4. Generate defensible conclusions in respect to the significance of any research findings.
  5. Demonstrate writing skills that meet the academic standards associated with a thesis.
  6. Communicate research findings to a wider professional audience.
  7. Manage time and resources in a collaborative manner.
  8. Defend an informed position relative to a defined body of knowledge.


Minor Research Thesis (20,000 words)
Public defence of thesis (15 minute oral) (Hurdle)
Documented supervisory meetings (Hurdle)
Mid enrolment progress report (Hurdle)
Minor Thesis draft (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 (thesis dependent),
12 hours per week for self-directed study.

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

Nursing, Health professional education