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MFM2006R - Introduction to research methods

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Michal Schneider-Kolsky


Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


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 Ultrashound;
  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.


Qualitative research project assignment: 20%
Critical appraisal assignment: 15%
Research protocol assignment: 15%
Statistics assignment: 10%
Questionnaire survey assignment: 40%


Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound or equivalent