Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Dragan Ilic


The unit will look at how epidemiological techniques are applied in clinical research. It will explore how clinical trials and other types of studies are conducted in clinical settings. It will cover measurement of signs and symptoms (including normal and abnormal) and other clinical measurements, conduct and design of clinical research, interpretation of clinical research findings, and practical and ethical issues in clinical research.


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

  1. Critically appraise evidence relating to the causation, diagnosis, natural history, treatment and prognosis of disease.
  2. Develop and select appropriate measures for use in clinical research
  3. Design and conduct epidemiological research in clinical settings
  4. Describe the application of clinical research findings to clinical practice
  5. Critically appraise ethical and practical considerations in clinical research


2 x Online Quizzes (10%)
3 x Group Presentations (Oral with Powerpoint presentation) (20%)
1 x Critical Appraisal Task (CAT)(30%)
1 x Written Examination (2 hours) (40%)

Hurdle requirements:
Tutorial attendance (80% attendance)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 contact hours per week