Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Elizabeth Molloy


The unit focuses on the role of research in contemporary health professional education and practice. More specifically it will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a general programme of training in research methods tailored to their teaching environment.


On successful completion of this unit participants will be able to:

  1. outline the significance of educational research to the foundations and development
of health professional education and practice;
  1. demonstrate a sound knowledge-base related to the research process including the
ability to critique education and practice;
  1. critically examine and select appropriately both research methods and tools for
evaluating practice;
  1. apply appropriate qualitative and quantative research methods to educational research related to health professions;
  2. pursue and develop the advanced study of research methods and in particular address contemporary issues of epistemology, data collection, measurement and data analysis in respective areas of health professional education;
  3. identify key ethical issues associated with the research process especially as it relates to human subjects involved in research education;
  4. develop a research proposal for submission to the University Human Studies and
Ethics Committee;
  1. question the nature of knowledge and educational evidence.


Literature review (20%)
Individual presentation (20%)
Research proposal (30%)
Research portfolio (30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Liz Molloy

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus with compulsory study days