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
Organisational UnitDepartment of General Practice
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Michal Schneider-Kolsky


This is a compulsory core unit for the Master of Medical Ultrasound course. Students are expected to explore the following areas; introduction to methodology, scope and nature of research in medical imaging, study designs, qualitative versus quantitative research, descriptive, observational and experimental studies, getting started, including literature surveys, critical appraisal of journal articles, research protocols, descriptive and inferential statistics, data analysis, questionnaire construction and survey techniques and writing papers and giving presentations on research.


On completion of the unit students should be able to:

  1. Understand the nature and scope of research in Medical Ultrasound;
  2. Understand and be able to implement the methods using in answering questions that arise out of Medical Ultrasound;
  3. Critically appraise the medical literature;
  4. Develop an enthusiasm for doing individual research;
  5. Gain some practical experience in doing research projects.


1 x 3000 word Qualitative research project assignment: 20%
1 x 2000 word Critical appraisal assignment: 15%
1 x 2000 word Research protocol assignment: 15%
1 x Statistics assignment: 10%
1 x 4000 word Questionnaire survey assignment: 40%

Chief examiner(s)


Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound or equivalent