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MEU0005 - Educational research methods for the health professions

12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Tangerine Holt


Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The unit focuses on the role of research in contemporary health professional education and practice. More specifically it will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a general programme of training in research methods tailored to their teaching environment.


On successful completion of this unit participants will be able to:

  1. outline the significance of educational research to the foundations and development of health professional education and practice;
  2. demonstrate a sound knowledge-base related to the research process including the ability to critique education and practice;
  3. critically examine and select appropriately both research methods and tools for evaluating practice;
  4. apply appropriate qualitative and quantative research methods to educational research related to health professions;
  5. pursue and develop the advanced study of research methods and in particular address contemporary issues of epistemology, data collection, measurement and data analysis in respective areas of health professional education;
  6. identify key ethical issues associated with the research process especially as it relates to human subjects involved in research education;
  7. develop a research proposal for submission to the University Human Studies and Ethics Committee;
  8. question the nature of knowledge and educational evidence.


Practical written examination (30%)
Written assignment 3,000-3,500 words (50%)
Teaching portfolio (20%)