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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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Physiotherapy
OfferedPeninsula Full year 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ross Iles


The Honours Systematic Review unit provides students with opportunities to advance their understanding of quality research methods, to learn systematic methods for developing a focused research question, seeking relevant information, critically appraising relevant research and preparing a summary of the review findings using contemporary methods. It provides direction and guidance to honours students in developing meaningful arguments to support proposed research activities. The review will contribute 15% to the final honours grade.


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

  1. Collaborate with an academic supervisor;
  2. Develop a focused research question;
  3. Complete a sophisticated and comprehensive search for information relevant to their research question;
  4. Critically appraise research reports relevant to their planned research;
  5. Extract relevant data from studies included in their review using systematic methods;
  6. Construct a systematic review using the principles argued by the Cochrane Collaboration;
  7. Present their review to staff and students and utilize feedback to refine the review; and
  8. Complete a systematic review.


Professional conduct: Students are required to demonstrate professional behaviour in communication (written or verbal) with department staff and clinical educators in order to pass the unit.
Oral presentation of the review (Formative assessment)
Completion of the systematic review (Summative assessment) (4,500 words) (100%)

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Must be enrolled in course M3003.

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