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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula Full year 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Frank Archer


Together with BEH4300 Community Emergency Health Research Project, this unit aims to increase student understanding of theoretical and methodological aspects of research in community-based emergency health and to develop their analytic, research and communication skills. Students will undertake guided studies in research methodology and complete a supervised research project with the aim of developing both discipline specific and generic research skills. This unit will focus on undertaking a literature review and developing a research proposal, both to be presented at the end of the semester for full-time students, or at the end of the year for part-time students.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. discuss the different methods of knowledge acquisition and synthesis;
  2. discuss the ethical, legal and cultural responsibilities of scientific investigation;
  3. describe the principles of "Good clinical research" as described by the NH&MRC, with an emphasis on research in community-based emergency health;
  4. describe the phases of the research process;
  5. discuss basic research concepts and methodology, in both quantitative and qualitative experimental designs;
  6. critically review scientific literature in community-based emergency health;
  7. consult with both a statistician and a qualitative researcher to discuss the role of methodology consultants in the research process;
  8. write up scientific work in a potentially publishable manner;
  9. prepare and present suitable oral and written presentations for the emergency health academic, research and scientific community;
  10. demonstrate a range of technical skills appropriate to community-based emergency health;
  11. demonstrate the ability to pursue higher studies in community-based emergency health;
  12. discuss the breadth and diversity of research in health sciences;
  13. demonstrate competence in locating, assessing and storing research literature with an emphasis on community-based emergency health;
  14. prepare a literature review on the selected and approved topic in community based emergency health; and
  15. design an appropriate research methodology to address an identified research issue/question in consultation with the supervisor.


Literature review (3500 words): 50%
Seminar presentation and written submission of research proposal (1500 works): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Leanne Boyd