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 Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
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).

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 51.67% 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" course evaluation.
Feedback
Students appreciated the timely, helpful and constant feedback and mentoring which was done via Q&A, email and zoom tutorials.
Recommendation
Continue the practice of providing detailed feedback and mentoring via email, Q&A and zoom tutorials.
Action Taken
Feedback and mentoring was provided throughout the term on a timely basis via email, Q&A and zoom tutorials.
Source: "Have your say" course evaluation.
Feedback
Students enjoyed the challenge of choosing and developing their own research topic and completing an early step in the research process, the ethics application.
Recommendation
Continue with scaffolded assessment tasks with the requirement for original topics to be developed to complete the low risk ethics application.
Action Taken
The pass mark for assessment 1 (worth 30%) was removed to try and impress upon students the importance of the feedback process in research rather than the attainment of a pass or fail when trying to develop an original research topic.
Source: "Have your say" course evaluation.
Feedback
Students disliked the inconsistency between some of the markers.
Recommendation
Review of the alignment of the unit Moodle content, assessment instructions and rubric as well as CQU ethics application instruction sheet will be done before the next delivery to try and reduce feedback variability. The practice of providing information via email and conversations around marking criteria to the markers in this unit will continue.
Action Taken
The unit Moodle content was rearranged to align better with the assessment requirements. Exemplars and videos detailing assessment requirements were added to the unit Moodle site for both markers and students to access. Markers were kept abreast of the feedback provided to students via email and the Q&A forum.
Source: "Have your say" course evaluation.
Feedback
Students would like more guidance around statistics and data collection analysis.
Recommendation
Unit coordinator will investigate material to deliver more information around statistics and data collection analysis.
Action Taken
Statistic lectures were introduced earlier in the term in week 3 where "Determining your Study Design, Basic Statistics 1 and Sample Size Calculations" were taught. Extra lectures and readings were provided in week 8 under "Basic Statistics 2" with describing, analysing and interpreting results using parametric, non-parametric and qualitative data analysis and a lecture and reading on understanding sensitivity and specificity.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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