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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 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 Full year 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Frank Archer


Together with BEH4201 Community Emergency Health Research Project - Part A, 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 (BEH4300) will focus on undertaking a literature review and developing a research proposal, both to be presented at the end of the semester.


On completion 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 the 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 research;
  11. demonstrate the ability to pursue higher studies in community based emergency health;
  12. discuss the breadth and diversity of research in health sciences; and
  13. plan and implement a research project and prepare the associated report.


Either a research report (12000 to 15000 words) including literature review and methodology from Research Project Part A (BEH4200) or an article prepared for publication (3500 to 5000 words) meeting the editorial guidelines of a DEST approved, peer reviewed journal equivalent to the Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care and participation in an oral defence of the article: 80%
Seminar presentation of research findings, interpretation and conclusion: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Leanne Boyd


BEH4100, BEH4200


Must be enrolled in the Honours degree of Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedics)