Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - 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 Community Emergency Health and Paramedics
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Flexible)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2013 (Flexible)


This unit provides the student with enhanced understanding of the concepts related to undertaking research in the emergency services setting though the examination of the Principles of Good Research Practice based on the 'Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research'. Relevant research studies undertaken in emergency services settings, both nationally and internationally, will be used as exemplars to promote contextual relevance to the topics covered in the unit. This unit will build on previous studies in introduction to research and evidence based practice.


On completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the highlights of the literature profile of research in the emergency setting;
  2. Describe the process and convention requirements of undertaking a research project within the principles of Good Research Practice and the application of these principles in the emergency setting;
  3. Identify potential barriers and possible solutions to the implementation of good research practice in the emergency setting;
  4. identify ethical and privacy issues associated with undertaking research in the emergency setting;
  5. critique research articles with respect to the strengths and limitations of design, methodology, use of statistical methods, data sources, relevance of the findings, and appropriateness of conclusions, and suggest modifications that would have improved the study;
  6. source suitable avenues for research funding, collaboration and for the distribution of outcomes of emergency service research;
  7. implement change in professional practice on the basis of good evidence.


Critical appraisal assignment (2,000 words) - 30%, Research framework assignment (4,000 words) - 60%, Discussion participation - 10%.

Chief examiner(s)


Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health or equivalent.