Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rosalie Aroni (Caulfield), Assoc Prof Peter Nyasulu (South Africa)


This unit builds on the introduction to research methods provided in HSC1061. 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 sensitive research.


Written assignments (Total of 3500 words) (55%)
Exam (2 hours) (30%)
Tutorial participation (completion of required reading(s) and/or other preparation for classes and contribution to class discussions) (15%)
Hurdle requirement: 80% attendance at tutorials

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 contact hours per week


HSC1061 or HSC1082