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 Physiotherapy
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Full year 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester to First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ross Iles


This unit guides the development of a 4,000 - 6,000 word systematic review of the literature. It also introduces quality assessment and critical appraisal of research reports included in the review. In doing this it serves the important role of enabling learning about best practice in research design, and the relationship between research design and the trustworthiness of research conclusions. As part of this unit, students also complete on-line modules that introduce basic concepts in data reporting and analysis. Students have the option to select modules that address the type of data analysis most frequently encountered in the literature they are reviewing. Students are also supported with individualized supervision to tailor reviews to the planned research undertaken as part of "Honours Research Proposal PTY4020". Reviews are prepared using a structure that facilitates publication of the work.


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

  1. identify e journals, databases and learning support; search data bases using sophisticated search strategies
  2. ask focussed and answerable questions
  3. appraise and critically analyse research design of papers included in the review
  4. demonstrate ability to use EndNote to save and sort references and format review for assessment/publication
  5. classify measures of health using World health Organisation classification categories
  6. demonstrate ability to interpret and estimate parameters associated with parametric and non-parametric data and conduct basic statistical tests for differences between two sets of data using Prism or Stata data analysis software
  7. define reliability and validity and compute basic reliability statistics
  8. recognise, define and compute odds, risk, relative risk, absolute risk and parameters associated with diagnostic test accuracy (such as specificity, sensitivity, likelihood ratios)
  9. extract data from reports included in the review and conduct meta-analysis using RevMan software.
  10. collaborate with your supervisor in completing review stages to the required level of competence and according to pre-determined time-lines.


Systematic review (Summative) (75%)
Weekly quizzes (Summative) (Hurdle) (25%)
Professional behaviour in communication (Written or verbal) with department staff (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

This 12 CP unit requires 24 contact and private study hours per week over 12 weeks.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in course 4516.


Must be enrolled in course 4516.


PTY2000 completed as part of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) embedded honours programme.