Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences


Miss Nabita Singh and Ms Caroline Wright



  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


The unit introduces students to the principles and practice of evidence-based practice and research. Students will gain in-depth knowledge on research methods. Students will be able to analyse and describe quantitative and qualitative research designs, and demonstrate how to apply these to the field of radiation therapy. Different methods of data collection, analysis, interpretation, communication and subsequent critique of the findings will be presented. The unit will allow an in-depth exploration of the evidence-based practice paradigm and students will demonstrate how research findings can influence patient care and management in radiation therapy. Whilst studying these topics, students will be encouraged to critically reflect, analyse and synthesise relevant information from the literature, reflecting on their experiences from clinical practice to further develop and build their skills of critical analysis.


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

  1. Analyse the role of research in radiation therapy, reflecting on experiences in clinical practice.
  2. Appraise the scope of research conducted in radiation therapy, radiation oncology and related disciplines.
  3. Evaluate different methods of knowledge acquisition; analysing and synthesising the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities of research.
  4. Describe in detail the key concepts, methods and different approaches used in qualitative and quantitative research design.
  5. Appraise evidence and research findings relevant to radiation therapy.
  6. Define evidence based practice and evaluate its implications for health care delivery in radiation therapy.


Research plan (2,000 words) (40%)
Evidence based literature review (4,000 words) (60%)

All elements of assessment must be passed to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

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

Medical radiations and radiation therapy