Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2012 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor C Reid


This unit will equip students with the skills for the design, implementation and analysis of randomised controlled clinical trials. It will enable student to formulate research question, select and recruite study subjects, compare groups, conduct randomisation, interpret findings, manage outcomes and consider 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. 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 assessment (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



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