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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 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
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2011 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor C Reid


Skills for the design, implementation and analysis of randomised controlled clinical trials. Formulation of the research question, selection and recruitment of study subjects, comparability of groups, randomisation, defining the manoeuvre for developing and executing the measurements, interpreting findings, managing outcomes and considering issues of ethics, budget and quality assurance.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. design a protocol for a randomised controlled clinical trial;
  2. clinically appraise a protocol of a randomised controlled clinical trial;
  3. describe the ethical and regulatory process required for the conduct of a clinical trial.


Written assignments (80%)
Online participation (20%)

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Reid

Contact hours

15 Contact hours over 2 days.

Off-campus attendance requirements

15 contact hours over 2 days


MPH1040 and MPH1041
This unit assumes a basic understanding of the principles of informed consent


MPH1040 and MPH1041

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