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

School of Rural Health


Mr Keith Sutton



  • First semester 2016 (Online)


This unit aims to orientate the student to research through an exploration of the nature of health professional research. The unit will assist students to interpret published research and enhance their appreciation of the ethical issues that health researchers face. The delivery of the unit is via WebCT.


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

  1. Recognise and appreciate the importance of research to health care practice;
  2. Critically appraise research reports;
  3. Discuss the application of various research methods to their own practice;
  4. Identify a range of health care problems that could be investigated by research;
  5. Develop skills related to the design, implementation and evaluation of research proposals;
  6. Apply selected findings to health and health-related research to improve practice.


Written assignment: Qualitative research design and data analysis (1,400 words) (30%) (Hurdle)
Written assignment: Quantitative research design and data analysis (1,400 words) (30%) (Hurdle)
Written assignment: Critiquing research literature and designing research (3,200 words) (40%) (Hurdle)

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