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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - 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
OfferedPeninsula Full year 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Jenny Keating


The Honours Systematic Review unit provides students with opportunities to advance their understanding of quality research methods, to learn systematic methods for developing a focused research question, seeking relevant information, critically appraising relevant research and preparing a summary of the review findings using contemporary methods. It provides direction and guidance to honours students in developing meaningful arguments to support proposed research activities. The review will contribute 15% to the final honours grade.


At completion of the Honours Systematic Review students will have demonstrated that they can:

  1. collaborate with an academic supervisor;
  2. develop a focused research question;
  3. complete a sophisticated and comprehensive search for information relevant to their research question;
  4. critically appraise research reports relevant to their planned research;
  5. extract relevant data from studies included in their review using systematic methods; 6. construct a systematic review using the principles argued by the Cochrane Collaboration;
  6. present their review to staff and students and utilize feedback to refine the review; and 8. complete a systematic review.


Hurdle requirement - Professional conduct: Students are required to demonstrate professional behaviour in communication (written or verbal) with department staff and clinical educators in order to pass the unit.

Oral presentation of the review (hurdle requirement, formative assessment) and completion of the systematic review (summative assessment, 4,500 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jenny Keating


PTY1011, PTY1022


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

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