Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Community Emergency Health and Paramedics
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Full year 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Paul Jennings


Together with BEH4300 Community Emergency Health Research Project, this unit aims to increase student understanding of theoretical and methodological aspects of research in community-based emergency health and to develop their analytic, research and communication skills. Students will undertake guided studies in research methodology and complete a supervised research project with the aim of developing both discipline specific and generic research skills.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the different methods of knowledge acquisition and synthesis.
  2. Discuss the ethical, legal and cultural responsibilities of scientific investigation.
  3. Describe the principles of "Good clinical research" as described by the NH&MRC, with an emphasis on research in community-based emergency health.
  4. Describe the phases of the research process.
  5. Discuss basic research concepts and methodology, in both quantitative and qualitative experimental designs.
  6. Critically review scientific literature in community-based emergency health.
  7. Consult with both a statistician and a qualitative researcher to discuss the role of methodology consultants in the research process.
  8. Write up scientific work in a potentially publishable manner.
  9. Prepare and present suitable oral and written presentations for the emergency health academic, research and scientific community.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to pursue higher studies in community-based emergency health.
  11. Demonstrate competence in locating, assessing and storing research literature with an emphasis on community-based emergency health.
  12. Design an appropriate research methodology to address an identified research issue/question in consultation with the supervisor.


Ethics application (40%)
Research proposal (2,500 words) (40%)
Seminar presentation (20%)

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