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

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Physiotherapy


Dr Ross Iles



  • Full year 2016 (Day)


The Honours Systematic Review unit provides students with opportunities to advance their understanding of quality research methods, to learn systematic methods for developing a focused research question, seeking relevant information, critically appraising relevant research and preparing a summary of the review findings using contemporary methods. It provides direction and guidance to honours students in developing meaningful arguments to support proposed research activities. The review will contribute 15% to the final honours grade.


  1. Develop a focused research question in direct consultation with an academic supervisor;
  2. Complete a sophisticated and comprehensive search for information relevant to the research question;
  3. Critically appraise research reports relevant to the research question;
  4. Extract and interpret relevant data from studies using systematic methods;
  5. Synthesise the information gathered to determine the answer to the research question, or whether further research is required;
  6. Design and perform a presentation to staff and students on the key points of the systematic review.


Professional conduct: Students are required to demonstrate professional behaviour in communication (written or verbal) with department staff and clinical educators in order to pass the unit.
Oral presentation of the review (Formative assessment)
Completion of the systematic review (Summative assessment) (4,500 words) (100%)

Workload requirements

Students are required to attend fortnightly seminars during Semesters 1 and 2. Students are expected to undertake approximately 6 hours per week in planning and executing a systematic review of the literature relevant to their research question.

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Chief examiner(s)

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



Must be enrolled in course M3003.

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