PTY3000 - Honours research proposal - 2017

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 Dawson Kidgell

Unit guides



  • Full year 2017 (Day)


The Honours Research Proposal unit extends research training provided to students in the BPT by providing individualised and group supervision in developing a focused research proposal (4,500 words), applying for and obtaining ethics approval and commencing data collection. Students will have opportunities to advance their understanding of data analysis methods required to interpret data collected during the course of the proposed research, prepare and submit an application for approval to the relevant ethics committees and present their research proposal to staff and students. The research proposal will contribute 15% to the final honours grade.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;

  1. Develop a proposal for a planned research project with indirect consultation from an academic supervisor;
  2. Identify the key steps required to conduct the proposed research, and how each step must be executed to achieve the aim of the proposed project;
  3. Propose data analysis methods that are appropriate for analysis and interpretation of data collected during the course of the proposed research;
  4. Prepare and submit an application for approval to conduct the project to the relevant ethics committees;
  5. Perform a presentation of the key aspects of the research proposal to staff and students;
  6. Develop a clear project plan and timeline to enable successful completion of the research project.



  • 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.
  • Minimum of 80% attendance at seminars, presentation of the research proposal (Formative assessment)
  • Submission of the written research proposal (4,500 words) (Summative assessment) (100%)

Workload requirements

Students are required to attend fortnightly research seminars during Year 3 of the BPT when not on clinical placement. Students are expected to undertake approximately 6 hours per week of study to construct the research proposal, and prepare the presentation of the research proposal, apply for and obtain ethics approval, submit the research proposal for assessment (4,500 words) and commence data collection.

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Chief examiner(s)

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



Must be enrolled in course 3891, M3003.

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