CQUniversity Unit Profile
MEDS14001 Medical Science Research 1
Medical Science Research 1
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General Information

Overview

Medical Science Research 1 will 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 Medical Science Research 2. 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: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 4
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite Successful completion of : 48 units of credit of Level One Units AND 84 units of credit of Level Two or Level Three Units AND Enrolment in CL10 Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2022

Online

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 60%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Student feedback

Feedback

Students appreciated conducting research on a real project with real data.

Recommendation

Endeavour to continue offering a real research experience to the students.

Feedback from Student feedback and communications

Feedback

Students found working with an active research mentor benificial for their understanding of research.

Recommendation

Endeavour to continue to offer mentors with research experience.

Feedback from Student feedback and personal reflection

Feedback

The individual assessment marks were not indicative of the amount of work put into the assessment.

Recommendation

Review weighting of assessment tasks to more accurately reflect the requirements of the tasks.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 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 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 Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 60%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Jason Steel Unit Coordinator
j.steel@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Welcome to the unit. Introduction to the Unit Coordinator.

Identification of available research areas and project supervisors involved.

Review of research basics and ethics:

  • Definition of research
  • Research paradigms
  • Research process
  • Rationale for conducting research in the medical sciences
  • Bioethical issues
  • Guidelines for ethical conduct in medical sciences research

Chapter

Research Methodology, A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners. 5th Ed. Kumar, R. Sage Publications: London.

Chapter 1: Research: a way of thinking

Chapter 14: Considering ethical issues in data collection

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Finding a research topic and question:

  • Identify a relevant research topic/focus
  • Formulating a research question/problem
  • Planning the research
  • Reviewing and writing a literature review

Chapter

Chapter 2: The research process: a quick glance

Chapter 3: Reviewing the literature

Chapter 4: Formulating a research problem

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Determining your study design and basic statistics 1:

  • Variables
  • Measurement scales
  • Constructing hypotheses
  • Type 1 and 2 errors
  • Sample size

Chapter

Chapter 5: Identifying variables

Chapter 6: Constructing hypotheses

Chapter 7: The research design

Chapter 13: Writing a research proposal

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Selecting a study design:

  • Quantitative research
  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods
  • Sampling

Chapter

Chapter 8: Selecting a study design

Events and Submissions/Topic




Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Selecting a method of data collection:

1. Primary sources

  • Observation
  • Interview
  • Questionnaires

2. Secondary sources

3. Collecting data using attitudinal scales

Chapter

Chapter 9: Selecting a method of data collection

Chapter 10: Collecting data using attitudinal scales

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

No formal teaching - independent study/supervised research.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Selecting a sample:

  • Validity
  • Reliability
  • Bias
  • Time frame
  • Budget constraints

Chapter

Chapter 11: Establishing the validity and reliability of a research instrument

Chapter 12: Selecting a sample

Events and Submissions/Topic




Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Basic statistics 2 for research proposals:

  • Parametric statistics
  • Non-parametric statistics
  • Sensitivity and specificity
  • Risk
  • Qualitative data analysis

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic



Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Ethics:

Participant information sheet

  • Consent form
  • Risk appraisal
  • Recruitment
  • Information protection

Dissemination of results

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Communicating the results:

  • Developing and using tables
  • Answering the clinical question

Chapter

Chapter 17: Writing a research report

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Work on your research proposal.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Submit Literature Review

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Finalise writing your research proposal.


Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic



Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Final edits to research proposal and submission.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Submit Research Proposal



Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment 1 - Literature review

Task Description

In research, comprehensively reviewing the current literature relating to your studies is important in that it allows you to understand where your proposed research sits in the context of past work and it increases your knowledge on the area you are proposing to work in. The literature review is often the first thing that is done by a research team after you get that initial idea for a research project.

In this first assessment you are asked to comprehensively review the literature surrounding your research topic. This is to be written with your research team and submitted as a single document. The contribution of each team member is to be clearly defined. Each team member will need to contribute 750-1000 words towards the review and participate in the editing of the final review before submission (generation of art work, proof reading, etc.).

The content of the literature review should be discussed with your research mentor and the layout agreed upon.

You will be assessed on the overall literature review submitted by the research team as well as your individual contribution to the literature review. Any student who does not contribute to the team’s literature review will not be awarded grades for this assignment.



Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (20 May 2022) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (3 June 2022)


Weighting
60%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on the overall literature review submitted by the research team as well as your individual contribution to literature review. Any student who does not contribute to the team’s literature review will not be awarded grades for this assignment.

A detailed marking rubric will be available on the Moodle site for this unit. This includes criteria to help identify your strengths and weaknesses. Specific feedback will be provided by your unit coordinator. General feedback and suggestions to improve performance will also be provided. If you require additional feedback for this task, you should contact the Unit Coordinator.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Formulate a research question and specific hypotheses.
  • Search, analyse and critically appraise data or textual information.
  • Apply suitable bioethical principles to the proposal.

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment 2 - Research Proposal

Task Description

One of the key requirements for starting a new research project is the generation of a detailed research proposal prior to the commencement of the work. This provides a schema for the study and is needed by stakeholders in the work, including granting bodies, universities, and industry. The research proposal is often written by the research team rather than a single individual. The information within the research proposal also helps with other applications needed for research such as ethics applications.

In this assessment task, you will be required to develop two items: a detailed research proposal and an ethics application.

  • The research proposal is to be written with your research team and submitted as a single document. The contribution of each team member is to be clearly defined.
  • The ethics application is to be filled out by each student and submitted individually. The ethics application that you will need to complete is a CQU ethics application form.

The content of the research proposal should be discussed with your research mentor and the layout agreed upon. A research proposal will usually include:

  • Proposed title.
  • Keywords (3-5).
  • Background. 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.
  • Research question/aim. What is your hypothesis?
  • Research design and Methodology: How you will go about answering your research question.
  • Timeline. Generate a Gantt chart describing how you will complete your study in term 2, including collection of data, analysis and writing the study up.
  • Significance. Describe the significance of the study.
  • Reference list.

More detail on this assessment, including the ethics form, will be provided on the Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (3 June 2022) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

At certification of grades


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

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 aim/s, significance, background to research, literature review and methodology 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 Coursework Ethics Application are answered.
  • Appropriate Participant Information Sheet, Consent Forms and other relevant documentation 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.

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

Note: no marks for team effort will be awarded for any student who does not sufficently participate in the generation of the assessment. 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Formulate a research question and specific hypotheses.
  • Search, analyse and critically appraise data or textual information.
  • Apply suitable bioethical principles to the proposal.

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?