Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Carolina Weller


The unit provides the necessary skills for students to perform a quantitative design, data management and statistical analysis of a research project. This unit is a more specific development of quantitative health and medical research methodology that builds on the introductory material in 2nd year of the course.

It will involve designing a research protocol, including defining the research question, performing a literature review, selection of type of study, defining a study population and sampling strategies, questionnaire design, ethics approval, and oral and written presentation of a protocol. It will also include sessions on managing data and choosing a statistical analysis approach. Students will choose a health research question of interest to them and design a research protocol for studying that particular question.


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

  1. Develop an answerable research question that is appropriate for the gap in research
  2. Perform a literature review around the topic and research question
  3. Choose the appropriate study design & identify their strengths & limitations
  4. Design a research project/protocol including project timeline
  5. Define a study population and sampling strategies to answer the research question posed
  6. Develop a specific approach to data collection and data collection method
  7. Develop an approach to data analysis that is suitable to their research
  8. Further cultivate skills in conducting ethical and culturally sensitive research
  9. Present a written research protocol


Written assignments (2) 30%
Group presentation 15%
In-class group work 15%
Final report 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Carolina Weller

Contact hours

3contact hours per week plus 9 hours per week private study


HSC2141 and HSC2142