MEDS21006 - Medical Science Research Project 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The purpose of the Medical Science Research Project 2 unit is to provide you with further training in research as you continue projects begun in Medical Science Research Project 1. This unit requires you to independently report on the investigation of the research question proposed. The final journal paper will typically contain the data analyses, results, and discussion in addition to a cogent literature review and hypotheses. It is anticipated that some journal papers may be suitable for eventual publication in an appropriate journal with the academic involved named as co-author. In all stages of the project you must adhere to appropriate ethical and professional standards.

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

Prerequisite -

MEDS21003 Medical Science Research Project 1

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 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

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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: Through Moodle site
Feedback
Students found the timing of assessment feedback to be an issue
Recommendation
Investigate the potential to increase tutor numbers to help with marking and thereby reduce turnaround time
Action Taken
A greater effort was made to ensure feedback was returned in a timely manner. This was done by planning ahead of time and ensuring marking support was provided by the discipline.
Source: Through Moodle site
Feedback
Students found assessment feedback constructive and helped them improve their assignments
Recommendation
Continue this and reassess in 12 months
Action Taken
Additional effort was made to ensure feedback would help students learn and improve on their performance. As this was not an issue in the Have Your Say survey, this issue appears to be resolved.
Source: Through Moodle site and Zoom tutorials
Feedback
Students found the scheduling of Zoom sessions to be inconvenient and potentially contributed to their poor attendance
Recommendation
Offer students an opportunity to select a number possible Zoom tutorial sessions during the week to attend
Action Taken
Additional effort was made to ensure as many students as possible participated in a week 1 survey canvassing potential times to offer Zoom sessions. As this was not an issue in the Have Your Say survey, this issue appears to be resolved.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
There were some misconceptions within the cohort that a discrepancy existed between different markers when marking assignments.
Recommendation
Unit coordinator will monitor this situation and look at the possibility of providing average mark distribution for each marker in the post-assessment briefing as well as investigating the possibility of second marker/post-exam moderation to a representative sample of assessments
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
There was a feeling that Moodle content could better reflect the chiropractic cohort and the updating of certain elements, e.g the referencing guides could better reflect the ALC's latest offering.
Recommendation
Unit coordinator will monitor this situation and ensure all Moodle material is the most up-to-date version available.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The cohort appreciated the Zoom session format and how it allowed them to better time manage their weekly activities.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will continue to provide meaningful and constructive Zoom tutorials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The cohort felt the unit coordinator was knowledgeable when it came to research matters and was always willing to help students understand concepts and impress upon the group the importance of the unit within their academic and professional development.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will continue to help provide good teaching resources and time to allow students to excel in such a challenging unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Collect and use data ethically
  2. Critically analyse and interpret research data
  3. Interpret research data and discuss findings professionally
  4. Prepare and present a journal paper within the required style and format of an appropriate journal in the field of course enrolment.

The purpose of Medical Science Research Project's 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 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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