MPH5236 - Clinical trials - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Dr Alice Owen

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Off-campus)


This unit will equip students with the skills for the design, implementation and analysis of randomised controlled clinical trials. It will enable student to formulate research question, select and recruit study subjects, compare groups, conduct randomisation, interpret findings, manage outcomes and consider issues of ethics, budget and quality assurance.


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

  1. design a protocol for a randomised controlled clinical trial;
  2. appraise a protocol of a randomised controlled clinical trial;
  3. describe the ethical and regulatory process required for the conduct of a clinical trial.


  • Written assignments x 2 (40% each, total 80%) (Hurdle)
  • Online assessment (20%)

Workload requirements

15 contact hours over 2 days.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

15 contact hours over 2 days.

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



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