Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Rural Health
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedMoe First semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Anske Robinson


This unit aims to orientate the student to research through an exploration of the nature of health professional research. The unit will assist students to interpret published research and enhance their appreciation of the ethical issues that health researchers face. The delivery of the unit is via WebCT.


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

  1. Recognise and appreciate the importance of research to health care practice;
  2. Critically appraise research reports;
  3. Discuss the application of various research methods to their own practice;
  4. Identify a range of health care problems that could be investigated by research;
  5. Develop skills related to the design, implementation and evaluation of research proposals;
  6. Apply selected findings to health and health-related research to improve practice.


Written assignment: Qualitative research design and data analysis (30%)
Written assignment: Quantitative research design and data analysis (30%)
Written assignment: Critiquing research literature and designing research (40%)

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