Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of General Practice


Associate Professor Peter Schattner



  • First semester 2016 (Online)
  • Second semester 2016 (Online)
  • Full year 2016 (Online)
  • Second semester to First semester 2016 (Online)


This unit forms a core unit for the MFM (research stream) course and aims to provide students with the following: demonstrate a capacity for critical appraisal of published health literature and and an ability to write a literature review within the Masters thesis; carry out an independent research project in general practice at a level expected of a Masters graduate; demonstrate an understanding of the ethical requirements of the research project; consult appropriate experts in research methods and the subject area of the study; collect, analyse and interpret the research data which can be either qualitative or quantitative; and write up the research project as a minor thesis.


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

  1. Demonstrate critical appraisal and organisational skills required of academic general practitioners with respect to research in general practice;
  2. Carry out independent and collaborative research in general practice at a level expected of a Masters graduate;
  3. Contribute to a body of knowledge of general practice through its literature and publications and ultimately supervise research projects of a nature comparable to those required of a Masters graduate.


Minor thesis (Pass / Fail)

Chief examiner(s)