Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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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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
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2015 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Alistair Nichol and Dr Helen Ackland


Aimed at students with clinical experience, this unit presents an overview of clinical outcome measurement in research, with a focus on quantitative measurement. The areas covered include selecting, reducing and scaling items, questionnaire design, assessing reliability and validity, responsiveness of measures to clinically important change, quality of life measures and statistical concepts in the testing and reporting of clinical measurement tools.


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

  1. Appreciate the process of the development of outcome measurement tools in clinical and epidemiological research.
  2. Select appropriate tools for the measurement of patients outcomes in clinical and epidemiological research.
  3. Apply measurement theory to the critical assessment of clinical measurement tools used in published literature.


Presentation and participation during block days (15%)
Participation in online discussions (35%)
Written assignment (50%)

Workload requirements

15 contact hours over 2 days for block days, and 3-4 hours of reading and online work each week.

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

15 contact hours over 2 days.

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