Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Ms Jessica Harding



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


The unit provides the necessary skills for students to perform a quantitative design, data management and statistical analysis of a research project. This unit is a more specific development of quantitative health and medical research methodology that builds on the introductory material in 2nd year of the course. It will involve designing a research protocol, including defining the research question, performing a literature review, selection of type of study, defining a study population and sampling strategies, questionnaire design, ethics approval, and oral and written presentation of a protocol. It will also include sessions on managing data and choosing a statistical analysis approach. Students will choose a health research question of interest to them and design a research protocol for studying that particular question.


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

  1. Develop an answerable research question that is appropriate for the gap in research.
  2. Perform a literature review around the topic and research question.
  3. Choose the appropriate study design and identify the strengths and limitations.
  4. Design a research project/protocol including project timeline.
  5. Define a study population and sampling strategies to answer the research question posed.
  6. Develop a specific approach to data collection and data collection method.
  7. Develop an approach to data analysis that is suitable to their research.
  8. Further cultivate skills in conducting ethical and culturally sensitive research.
  9. Present a written research protocol.


2 x Written assignments (Total 3,000 words) (30%)
Group presentation (Oral) (15%)
In-class group work (15%)
Final report (3,500 words) (40%)

Hurdle: 80% attendance at seminars.

Workload requirements

3 contact hours plus 9 hours of private study per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Health science


One of (HSC2141, PHH2141) AND one of (HSC2142, PHH2142).