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.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
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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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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" unit evaluation
Feedback
Students liked the regular prompt feedback via emails and the Q&A forum, and the zoom tutorials.
Recommendation
Continue to provide prompt feedback to students via emails and Q&A forum, and continue with zoom tutorials.
Action Taken
Prompt regular feedback to students was given via emails, Q&A forum and zoom tutorials.
Source: "Have your say" unit evaluation
Feedback
While most students understood and appreciated the value of the assessment items, some failed to understand the reasoning behind doing an ethics application.
Recommendation
Provide reasoning behind the choice of an ethics application for the assessment in the introductory video. Impress upon students that the initial steps in doing and/or learning about research are finding a topic, reviewing the literature to find a gap in knowledge, writing a literature review and filling in an ethics application. Knowledge of the research process is a valuable tool for health professionals and will provide skills for life long learning. The CQU Low Risk Ethics application is an authentic assessment item that covers all these basic requirements and can be submitted for review if the student wishes to pursue the research.
Action Taken
Students were given information in the introductory video about learning research skills and the reasoning behind doing a literature review and an ethics application.
Source: "Have your say" unit evaluation
Feedback
Some students did not appreciate that differences in opinion are part of science and research so there will always be differences in feedback when each assessment involves a unique proposal and different markers.
Recommendation
Continue with the practice of providing information via email and verbal conversations with the markers to try and standardise feedback. In the introductory video provide students with information on the process of discovery of new knowledge (research) and how that often results in differences of opinion and how that can be used as part of the learning process.
Action Taken
All email communication with students was copied onto the Q&A site so students and markers received the same emails around expectations about the assessment items and marking.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students appreciated prompt response to queries via email.
Recommendation
Continue communication with students via regular emails.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students really liked having assigned mentors to provide feedback and mark their work.
Recommendation
Continue the practise of having the same tutor provide the feedback and mark the assessment item.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Some students would like assessment 1 due earlier in the term so they have more time to work with the feedback they received to complete assessment 2.
Recommendation
Review unit content and alignment of learning material to explore possibility of moving assessment 1 due date to earlier in the term.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment