Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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 Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kellie Knight and Ms Caroline Wright


This unit introduces students to the principles and practice of scientific research. A range of research methodologies will be explored together with the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, methods of communication and subsequent critique of the findings. The unit will also introduce the evidence based practice paradigm and how research findings can influence patient care and management. Practical experience in evidence based practice will be gained through the completion of a review of the literature, relevant to the student's professional discipline.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of research in medical radiations science;
  2. Appraise the scope of research conducted in medical radiations science;
  3. Evaluate different methods of knowledge acquisition and synthesis and be aware of the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities of scientific investigation;
  4. Explain basic research concepts and methodology and the different approaches in research in both qualitative and quantitative experimental design;
  5. Collect and appraise evidence and research findings relevant to their professional discipline;
  6. Define evidence based practice, and discuss its implications for health care delivery in medical radiations science and patient care;


One 2000 word research plan (40%)
One 4000 word evidence based literature review (60%)

Hurdle requirement:
All elements of assessment must be passed to pass the unit.

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