MEDS21003 - Medical Science Research Project 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The purpose of the Medical Science Research Project 1 unit is to provide you with training in research. You are required to independently undertake an investigation of a research question in an area of medical science. This research question will be fully investigated and reported in written scholarly form in the Medical Science Research Project 2 unit. The research question will be of significance to an area of medical science related to your course of enrolment and will be undertaken under the principal supervision of a member of that course's staff.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite

EITHER

Successful completion of:

  • 48 units of credit of Level One Units
  • AND
  • 84 units of credit of Level Two or Level Three Units

OR

Enrollment in:

CV83 Master of Medical Ultrasound OR

CC70 Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care) OR

CC71 Master of Clinical Chiropractic

CG91 Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography

CV69 Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 70%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students felt there needed to be greater consistency between the multiple markers used in this course. "Have your say" course evaluation. Jabber or Skype with the different markers will be used just before assessments are due to be marked to ensure there is agreement in marking and to iron out any issues.
Students liked the prompt response to emails in relation to feedback on the assessment items. "Have your say" course evaluation. Student emails. Continue the practice of providing feedback regarding the progress of the assessment items via email.
Students liked the assessment tasks (completing a low risk ethics application) as it was practical, related to their future careers and gave them skills to contribute to scientific knowledge. "Have your say" course evaluation. The same or similar assessment tasks will be set next year.
Students felt better clarification about the assessment task and outline would be helpful. They also wanted more information on how to write a literature review. "Have your say" course evaluation. The assessment task outline will be streamlined by requiring uploading of all the necessary documents as a single file. After working with the CQU Ethics Committee greater clarification about the requirements of their application has been achieved and these changes will be implemented. More information about how to write a literature review will be added to the Moodle course.
Some students did not like Blackboard Collaborate as a platform for tutorials as they felt it was outdated and made communication difficult. "Have your say" course evaluation. Investigate other online platforms for tutorials.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Formulate a research question and specific hypotheses.
  2. Search, analyse and critically appraise data or textual information.
  3. Apply suitable bioethical principles to the proposal.

The purpose of Medical Science Research Projects 1 & 2 is to provide the student with training in developing, conducting, and communicating research across theoretical and applied domains. This requires students to undertake an investigation of a research question in an area of medical science aligned with their course of enrolment and to report the investigation in written scholarly form. The research question to be investigated may have either theoretical or applied significance but will add to the body of discipline-specific knowledge and meet the performance criteria for the engaged research element of the appropriate professional competency standards.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills    
4. Research
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility    
7. Leadership    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Research Methodology, a step-by-step guide for beginners
Author/s: Kumar, Ranjit Year: 2014
Edition: 4th Ed. Publisher: Sage Publications
City: London
Country: Great Britain
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note: This textbook can be used for both MEDS21003 and MEDS21006, Research Project 1 and 2.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAnn Quinton (a.quinton@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

1. Review of research basics

  • definition of research
  • research paradigms
  • research process
  • rationale for conducting research in the medical science

2. Ethical considerations

  • bioethical issues
  • guidelines for ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples health research

Chapters are from textbook: Research Methodology, A step-by-step guide for beginners. 4th Ed. Kumar, R. Sage Publications: London.

Chapter 1

Chapter 14

Lecture/s

Lecture notes

Week 2 13-03-2017

Finding a research topic and question

  • identify a relevant research topic/focus
  • formulating a research question/problem
  • planning the research
  • reviewing the literature

Chapters 2, 3 and 4

Lecture/s

Lecture notes

Tutorial Tuesday night 14/3/17

7.00-8.00pm (QLD time),

8.00-9.00pm (Sydney and Melbourne time).

Week 3 20-03-2017

Determining your study design

  • variables
  • measurement scales
  • constructing hypotheses
  • type 1 and 2 errors
  • what is a research proposal
  • writing a research proposal

Chapters 5, 6, 7 and 13.

Lecture/s

Lecture notes.

Week 4 27-03-2017 Selecting a study design
  • quantitative research
  • qualitative research
  • mixed methods

Chapter 8

Lecture/s

Lecture notes.

Tutorial Tuesday night 28/3/17

7.00-8.00pm (QLD time),

8.00-9.00pm (Sydney and Melbourne time).
Week 5 03-04-2017

Draft of research proposal due on Friday of week 5


Written Assessment-draft of research proposal Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Break week

Week 6 17-04-2017

Selecting a method of data collection.

1. Primary sources:

  • observation
  • interview
  • questionnaires

2. Secondary sources

3. Collecting data using attitudinal scales

Chapters 9 and 10

Lecture/s

Lecture notes.

Tutorial Tuesday night 18/4/17

7.00-8.00pm.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Selecting a sample

  • validity
  • reliability
  • bias
  • sample size
  • time frame
  • budget constraints

Feedback on draft submission returned

Chapters 11 and 12

Lecture/s

Lecture notes.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Basic statistics for research proposals

  • parametric
  • non-parametric

Lecture/s

Lecture notes.

Tutorial Tuesday night 2/5/17

7.00-8.00pm

Week 9 08-05-2017

Ethics

  • participant information sheet
  • consent form
  • risk
  • recruitment
  • information protection
  • dissemination of results

Lecture/s

Lecture notes.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Communicating the results

Writing a literature review

Chapter 17

Lecture/s

Lecture notes.

Tutorial Tuesday night 16/5/17

7.00-8.00pm

Week 11 22-05-2017

Final research proposal write up

Tutorial Tuesday night 23/5/17

7.00-8.00pm

Week 12 29-05-2017

Research proposal due Friday of week 12

Written Assessment-final Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

The unit coordinator for MEDS21003 is Dr Ann Quinton (Sydney). The best way to contact Ann is via email at: a.quinton@cqu.edu.au

It is important to check your student email regularly as updates about the unit will be sent from the unit coordinator via email.

Ann's phone number is 02 9324 5008 however she is often in labs so an email is the best way to organise a time to talk.

This unit is a 6 credit point unit which requires you to allocate around 12 hours per week towards it. This unit is graded. There are two assessment items, a draft proposal worth 30% where feedback will be provided to enable you to produce the final research ethics application which is worth 70%.

Tutorials will be offered in the evening to enable students on clinical placements to attend. You will be able to ask questions, gain feedback and join in discussions on how best to complete the assessment tasks.

This unit will make regular use of the required text: Research Methodology, a step-by-step guide for beginners (4th Ed.) by Ranjit Kumar. Sage Publications.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment-draft of research proposal
Task Description

The first written assessment is a draft of your final research proposal. As a draft the main aims are for you to learn how to search and review the literature, start thinking about your research topic, your research question and how you will go about answering your research question. The draft will also provide you with the opportunity to gain feedback. A research proposal is a detailed written outline of planned research that allows the researcher to clarify and organise their thoughts on their research. It includes the study aims (research question/s) and hypothesis, a brief literature review (as compared to a detailed literature review which would be required for the research paper or thesis), project plan which considers research methodology, study design, selection criteria, data collection, statistical analysis and ethical considerations.

The content of the draft proposal is 500 words ±10% (excludes references, the full text articles, and the CQU Human Research Ethics Committee Negligible and Low Risk Review Process and Application Form which will be appendices).

The content of the proposal will include:

  1. Proposed title (15 words).
  2. Keywords (3-5).
  3. Background. Upload at least 3-5 full text articles (appendix). You will write the draft proposal which will include an outline of the background to your research and how your reading of these articles has established the need for further research. The literature should also help inform your research question and methodology.
  4. Research question/aim.
  5. How you will go about answering your research question. This means writing an outline of the research design and plan. Dot points are fine at this stage.
  6. Upload CQU Human Research Ethics Committee Negligible and Low Risk Review Process and Application Form (OoR11-0025 HREC low risk application form-version5) (appendix) and use to decide if your application is considered low risk or not. Only fill in pages 3 & 4 at this stage. Include a sentence in your research design and plan about whether the proposal is low or high risk and why.

Further detailed information on how to complete the task is provided to you under the assessment tab in Moodle.




Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Online submission via the Moodle site
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The criteria to receive a Pass are as follows:

  • The title should be clear and concise and engage the reader.
  • Keywords should reflect the topic.
  • 3-5 full-text (PDF files) up-to-date articles are uploaded.
  • The outline of the background to your research and need for further research are clearly discussed.
  • The research question clearly identifies a population or problem or issue of interest and a proposed outcome or measure.
  • An outline of the research design and plan is relevant to the aim, clearly explained and establishes the need for research in the chosen area.
  • Consideration of risk level is clearly stated in the research plan.
  • Pages 3 & 4 of the CQU low risk ethics clearance form are completed and document is uploaded.
  • In-text referencing is correctly and appropriately used and reference list supplied.
  • Sustained academic voice and appropriate plain English research language used.
  • Correct spelling and grammar.
  • The word limit is adhered to.
  • A marking rubric is available to students on the unit Moodle site.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% in this assessment task.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please submit as a word document .doc or .docx

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Formulate a research question and specific hypotheses.

2. Search, analyse and critically appraise data or textual information.

3. Apply suitable bioethical principles to the proposal.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment-final
Task Description

In this assessment you will complete the "CQU Human Research Ethics Committee Negligible and Low Risk Review Process and Application Form" pages 6-12. This is an authentic form of assessment as you will be able to submit your research proposal to the CQU Office of Research for ethics approval if you wish to do the research project.

The length of your research proposal will be 1800 words ± 10% (some of these sections involve ticking a “Yes/No” box or answering “not applicable”). The word count excludes the reference list, Participant Information Sheet (PIS) and Consent Form.

The content of the proposal will include:

  1. Research title (15 words) and key words (3-5)
  2. Lay person description (200 words)
  3. Research methodology (300 words)
  4. Research aim/s and significance, includes background and literature review (800 words)
  5. Risks (ethical considerations)
  6. Recruitment of participants
  7. Consent
  8. Information protection
  9. Dissemination of results (sections 5-9, 500 words)
  10. References (numbered APA style)
  11. Appendices (PIS and Consent Form)

Further detailed information on how to complete this task is provided to you throughout this unit and under the assessment tab in the course Moodle site.

If your research proposal is considered high risk, before you undertake your research you will need to complete a National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) https://www.neaf.gov.au/ which then goes before a full Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). This process will take considerably longer to gain ethical approval. The information you put together for the low risk research proposal assignment will be able to be used in the NEAF application, however the NEAF asks for more information. I would suggest you speak to your discipline specific supervisor if you need to go down this path to complete your research.


Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Online submission via the Moodle site
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 70%
Assessment Criteria

The criteria to receive a pass are as follows:

  • The research title should be clear, concise and reflect the topic. Keywords should reflect the topic.
  • Lay person description is relevant, brief and avoids technical jargon.
  • Research methodology, aim/s, significance, background to research and literature review are relevant with up to date literature from peer reviewed journals cited as evidence.
  • Ethical considerations including risks, recruitment of participants, consent, information protection and dissemination of results are addressed and discussed.
  • All sections of the Low Risk Ethics Application are answered.
  • Appropriate Participant Information Sheet and Consent Forms are included.
  • In-text referencing is correctly and appropriately used and reference list supplied.
  • Sustained academic voice and appropriate plain English research language used.
  • Correct spelling and grammar.
  • The word limit is adhered to.

A marking rubric is available to students on the unit Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% in this assessment task.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please submit as a word document .doc or .docx

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Formulate a research question and specific hypotheses.

2. Search, analyse and critically appraise data or textual information.

3. Apply suitable bioethical principles to the proposal.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



Engagement

MEDS21003 Medical Research Project 1 teaches cognitive, creative and research skills that ensures you can engage with workplace and wider community.

Graduate Attributes

Graduate attributes developed in this unit include knowledge, communication skills, cognitive, technical and creative skills, research skills, the ability to self manage, ethical and professional responsibility and leadership.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

Guidelines and values for the ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples health research are presented. The six values that are at the heart of these guidelines and inform ethical research in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples are Spirit and Integrity, Reciprocity, Respect, Equality, Survival and Protection, and Responsibility. Consideration is given to the collective knowledge of individuals and communities within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples, how this knowledge, spirit and integrity exist in the past, present and future and cannot be separated.

First Nation pedagogy is incorporated in the use of lectures by experts in the field, industry relevant content and the use of videos and clinical scenarios to create realistic clinical context. Unit and research material are reviewed for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples cultural sensitivity.

Internationalisation of Curriculum

Unit readings and material include relevant international information which is appropriately referenced. Students are encouraged to search for information which is appropriately referenced. Students are encouraged to search for information internationally and think about their studies and future working life in an international context.

Sustainability

Consideration is given to unit lectures, readings and teachings that do not have negative consequences for future generations. This unit will ensure advancements in health and medical sonography are by sustainable ethical research.

Work Related Learning

This unit will provide knowledge and evidence based research skills that can be used throughout the students working professional life to improve patient related care.


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