MEDS21003 - Medical Science Research Project 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This is a postgraduate unit which aims to provide you with training in research. You will be taught the foundation skills and knowledge to independently undertake an investigation of a research question in an area of medical science. This research question will be fully researched and reported in written scholarly form in Medical Science Research Project 2. The research question will be of significance to an area of medical science related to your course of enrolment and your investigation will be undertaken with principal supervision from a member of that course's staff.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


Enrolment into CG93 Bachelor of Medical Science, Clinical Nutrition major AND completion of 96 credit points, OR completion of 120 credit points OR enrolment into one of the following courses:

  • CV83 Master of Medical Ultrasound
  • CC71 Master of Clinical Chiropractic
  • CL64 Graduate Certificate Tactical Medicine
  • CL70 Graduate Diploma Tactical Medicine
  • CC70 Graduate Diploma Paramedic Science (Critical Care)
  • CH87 Master of Paramedic Science (Paramedic Practitioner)
  • CL88 Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • CL89 Graduate Diploma of Nutrition

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 72.73% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 13.92% response rate.

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.

Source: Have Your Say
Students liked the opportunity for feedback on assessment items and the addition of a deadline for feedback as this kept them focussed on the learning material and tasks.
Consider the continuation of feedback with a set deadline for the feedback for each assessment item.
Action Taken
Two formative assessments were added to the unit with set deadlines so feedback could be provided to students before submission of the two assessment items.
Source: Have Your Say
Students reported that the content provided within learning resources and lectures was clear, engaging, and easy to understand.
Continue to use learning resources, and refresh where required.
Action Taken
Learning resources were placed within the Moodle tile format and refreshed where required.
Source: Have Your Say
Students appreciated the prompt response to questions provided via the Q&A forum.
Continue providing prompt responses to questions via a forum that is easy to access and available for all students.
Action Taken
Prompt communication with students via email, Q&A and Zoom tutorials was provided.
Source: Sessional marker emails and student emails.
Students and sessional markers liked the formalised formative feedback opportunities with a draft submission deadline before assessment submissions.
Continue to provide feedback via formalised formative submissions under the assessment tab on Moodle with a deadline for feedback.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments.
Students appreciated the communication and support from the unit coordinator and sessional markers especially around assessment item expectations.
Continue to communicate regularly with students via the various Moodle forums, emails and Zoom tutorials.
Action Taken
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 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
Advanced Level
Professional 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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8