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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 2008 (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.


Literature review (20%)
Individual presentation (20%)
Research proposal (3000 - 3500 words) (30%)
Research portfolio (30%)

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