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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 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 12 credit point Honours Thesis subject extends research opportunities provided to students in the BPT(Hons) program by providing individualised and group supervision in developing a comprehensive research report (10,000-12,000 words). Students will have opportunities to advance their understanding of data analysis methods required to interpret data collected during the course of the research, prepare and present their findings to staff and students and refine a report for assessment. The thesis will contribute 70% to the final honours grade.


At completion of the subject Honours Thesis students will have demonstrated that they can:

  1. Sustain collaboration with an academic supervisor;
  2. Develop, implement and document a focused research project;
  3. Apply appropriate analysis methods to data collected during the course of the research;
  4. Logically interpret results of data analysis;
  5. Present the research findings to staff and students and modify the report with consideration of feedback;
  6. Prepare and submit the report of the research outcomes in a 10,000-12,000 word thesis;
  7. Adhere to project timelines;
  8. Archive all relevant documents arising from the conduct of research;
  9. Write a final report to the approving ethics committee describing completion of the project.


Hurdle requirement - Professioanl 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.

Presentation of the research findings to staff and students (hurdle requirement) and the completion of a thesis (10,000-12,000 words): 100% summative assessment)

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jenny Keating

Contact hours

Students are required to attend fortnightly research seminars during Semesters One and Two when they are not on clinical placements. This subject runs for 12 weeks in each Semester (total 24 weeks).


PTY2000 and PTY3000


Available to students enrolled in the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

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