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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 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
OfferedDaybox Second semester (extended) 2011 (HILL)
Daycaulfield First semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Daynott Second semester (extended) 2011 (HILL)
Dayother-aust First semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Bendigo First semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Bendigo Second semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Box First semester (extended) 2011 (HILL)
Caulfield Second semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Monash Medical Centre First semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Monash Medical Centre Second semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Moe First semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Moe Second semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Nott First semester (extended) 2011 (HILL)
Australia (Other) Second semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Juanita Fernando


This unit is one of two that together provide students with the skills and knowledge to support completion of a research project at honours level in medical science or health care research. It allows students the opportunity to develop an understanding of research design and project development as well as building skills in sourcing and appraising research literature. Students will be expected to develop knowledge and skills in data handling and management and to demonstrate appropriate skills communicating research information in both oral and written formats.


Upon successful completion of this students will be able to:

  • Outline different research perspectives and methodologies in health science and health care;
  • Identify the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project;
  • Systematically identify and locate information and evidence in research literature, including electronic and internet searching and bibliographic tools;
  • Interpret and critically appraise research literature;
  • Perform simple statistical analyses;
  • Select and apply the appropriate statistical methods for data relating to basic research questions;
  • Identify good practices in data collection, management and quality control;
  • Describe principles of and processes for data confidentiality, access and security;
  • Use computer software and applications for data acquisition and word processing; and
  • Communicate research information in both oral and written formats to their peers.


Oral presentation: 20%
End of semester written examination: 40%
Literature review (2000 - 3000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Ben Canny

Contact hours

Average 12 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in the Honours degree of Bachelor of Medical Science


MED7011 Medical Science Research Project A


MED7001, MED7002