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 Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite -

MEDS21003 Medical Science Research Project 1

Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 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 2.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55% 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: Tutor reflection
Feedback
Student attendance at zoom tutorials.
Recommendation
Very few students attended the zoom tutorials. Students will be encouraged to attend the tutorials. Zoom tutorials will be increased to a weekly one-hour online discussion. The recorded zoom tutorials will be available for later viewing. More lectures will be added explaining the requirements of the unit and elaborating on the research protocols and academic writing. Weekly lectures taking up smaller tasks and then building up to the larger paper writing task will be utilized. The tutorials will then discuss smaller tasks so that the students can progress through the unit in an incremental way to achieve the final goal. More support will be given to discuss the writing skills and use of research appropriate language.
Action Taken
Attendance of Zoom tutorials remains a concern. Having this unit listed as a distance unit compounds the difficulties associated with trying to include it in the students' official timetable. To help mitigate against some of these barriers, Zoom tutorials have been recorded for students to allow for later viewing. An introduction lecture has also been added to impress on students the importance of attendance. This lecture outlines unit expectations and the role it plays in the students' broader educational journey.
Source: Student feedback on Moodle site
Feedback
Moodle site hard to navigate on portable devices.
Recommendation
The Moodle site was not mobile friendly. Graphics will be reduced and most important information will be put at the head of the site. The Moodle site will be made simpler to navigate.
Action Taken
Unnecessary images/content has been removed to allow for a better "mobile experience".
Source: Student feedback on Moodle site
Feedback
This unit is not directly related to training to become a sonographer, which is one of the causes of lack of interest.
Recommendation
Introductory lectures will be prepared to stress the need for doing research and how research is beneficial for the progression of the profession. Motivational lectures by previous unit coordinators, discipline-specific leaders, and senior professional sonographers will be added at the onset so that the students can appreciate the usefulness of research.
Action Taken
This is a concern that is difficult to address directly as students from multiple disciplines take this unit.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Assessment feedback was delayed and not adequate
Recommendation
More staff will be engaged in marking/feedback so that the ratio will be down to 1:15, reducing the return time and enabling more detailed feedback to be given. The assessment tasks will be reviewed and more detailed instructions will be given. The submission types will be broadened to include educational papers, narrative review, a systematic review and original research papers. This will give more choices to the students and they can produce the manuscript that will suit their abilities better.
Action Taken
Discussions have begun with the chiropractic HOD to increase faculty availability for assessment marking and address feedback turnaround times. Audio feedback will continue to be used to help students better understand how specific feedback comments can be implemented in future assessments.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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