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MRP5010 - Clinical research in radiography

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 unit will offer students a portfolio of research projects designed around the following themes: Detection and Evaluation of Disease; Health Service and Patient Care; Evidence Based Practice in Radiography; Imaging Science and Quality Assurance. To facilitate the achievement by students of the objectives created for the unit, will be divided into 4 modules: Module 1: Research Design and Management Issues; Module 2: Literature Review; Module 3: The Investigation and Module 4: Analysing and Communicating the Results.


Upon completion of this unit, students will have gained significant knowledge and understanding of the research process; an increased capacity to critically appraise the literature; a capacity to apply research findings to their clinical practice; a capacity to communicate research findings to the wider community; and an enhance capacity to extend the critical, ethical and creative research stance to their everyday clinical practice.
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain different methods of knowledge acquisition and synthesis and the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities of scientific investigation;
  2. Apply basic research concepts and methodology to an identified issue of interest within radiographic practice amenable to the application of such methodologies;
  3. Develop an understanding of the practical, technical and management issues associated with the design and conduct of a research project;
  4. Identify ethical aspects of a research project;
  5. Undertake the process of gaining Ethics Approval for a research project;
  6. Critically review published literature related to the topic under investigation;
  7. Construct a minor thesis and, in the process, demonstrate competent written communication skills;
  8. Communicate research findings to peers and professional colleagues and, in the process, demonstrate sound oral communication skills;
  9. Demonstrate a capacity to extend the critical, ethical and creative stance to the clinical setting;
  10. Demonstrate information and technological literacy skills.


Ethics Report (500 words) 10%
Research Plan (1,000 words) 10%
Reflective Research Diary (10%)
Oral Presentation (15%)
Scientific Paper (55%)


Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Radiographic Practice and MFM2006R or equivalent.