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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 First semester 2011 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr A Nichol


An overview of measures and issues in clinical research; sampling and inference; selecting items, reducing items and creating aggregate scores; inter-rater and intra-rater reliability; reliability and interval consistency of responses; assessing the validity of measures; responsiveness of measures to significant clinical change; strategies for gathering data; wording of questions and design of response categories; data entry and management and handling of missing data.


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

  1. apply measurement principles and methods in the critical assessment;
  2. develop measures employed in clinical and epidemiological research.


Written/online weekly assessment tasks 50%
Final assignment 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Alstair Nichol

Contact hours

15 Contact hours over 2 days

Off-campus attendance requirements

15 contact hours over 2 days


MPH1040 and MPH1041

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: