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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 SCA Band 2
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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 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

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 72.73% 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
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
The Unit Coordinator ensured marking support was confirmed much earlier in the term. Training was also included so that markers would be aware of unit expectations and how to successfully complete the marking rubrics and provide a consistent degree of feedback to students
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
The Unit Co-ordinator ensured more relevant "chiropractic specific" examples were provided during tutorials
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
The Unit Coordinator had taken the elements of the Zoom tutorials conducted in 2019 and continued to provide the same level of Zoom tutorial material and engaegement in 2020
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
The Unit Coordinator continued to ensure that student questions were answered in a timely manner as well as confirming answers were given with ample examples and additional support material
Source: Have Your Say survey
Feedback
Students found the Moodle site difficult to navigate compared to other pages
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinators will meet and discuss a way to improve the optics of the unit so that it may be less frustrating for students to navigate and appeal to the different disciplines that use this Moodle page
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say survey
Feedback
Students appreciated the Unit Co-ordinators dedication to the unit and the access they had to him in having questions answered
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator will continue to provide structure to the Zoom tutorials by ensuring unit milestones are highlighted and encouraging students to meet them throughout the course of the term. He will also make sure students have easy access to him so that questions and issues can be addressed in a quick and efficient timeframe
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say survey
Feedback
Students appreciated how they were guided through the assessment writing process and as a result were able to enjoy the unit much more than was initially anticipated
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator will continue to provide small, yet achievable goals, throughout the term that are directly related to the composition and drafting of the final assignment
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