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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rosalie Aroni (Berwick), Dr Rosalie Aroni (Caulfield), Peter Nyasulu (South Africa)


This unit builds on the introduction to research methods provided in HSC1061 and HSC2141. In those units students learning was focused on appraising evidence produced by other researchers, and on describing and comparing study designs.
In this unit we extend this learning by enabling students to develop skills in designing and conducting their own research projects. The unit will cover: developing answerable research questions, matching research questions with study designs, collecting and analysing study data, managing research projects, and applications of quantitative, qualitative and combined approaches. The cultural, ethical and political contexts within which research takes place will also be discussed.


On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Develop researchable questions
  2. Develop a viable study design
  3. Demonstrate critical awareness of the options and constraints of different types of research design
  4. Select appropriate sampling strategies
  5. Identify appropriate methods for conducting research across a range of contexts
  6. Design data collection instruments (e.g. questionnaires and interview schedules)
  7. Use a suite of data collection methods appropriately
  8. Choose and use the appropriate tools for analysis of data
  9. Work collaboratively in a research team
  10. Appreciate the importance of conducting ethical and culturally


Written assignments 55%
Exam 30%
Tutorial participation 15%

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Contact hours

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