Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 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)


This is a core unit for the MFM (research stream). Students are expected to explore the following areas: the history, scope and nature of general practice research; introduction to research methodology including study designs, qualitative versus quantitative research, the epidemiological basis of general practice research, descriptive, observational and experimental studies; how to getstarted in research; critical appraisal of journal articles, research ethics and research protocols; descriptive and inferential statistics; questionnaire construction and survey techniques, writing papers and giving presentations on research.

The unit is designed to take a logical path from framing a researchable question to developing a plan, implementing it, obtaining and then analysing results, and finally writing up the project. Introductory concepts of statistical analysis will be included, but students will not be expected to have a detailed working knowledge of this difficult subject area.


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

  1. understand the nature and scope of research in general practice;
  2. understand and be able to implement the methods used in answering questions that arise out of general practice;
  3. critically appraise the medical literature;
  4. develop an enthusiasm for doing your own research;
  5. gain some practical experience in doing research projects.


Students will be expected to complete 4 written assignments plus an MCQ.

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