PSIO14006 - Research Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will build upon previous learning and skills in research methods by planning and conducting a supervised research project in the form of a primary study, a systematic literature review, or a service improvement project. You will be required to collaborate with your assigned research group and your main supervisor to present a research project in the form of a manuscript for a relevant peer-reviewed journal and an oral group presentation. You will learn essential research skills that will be useful in your development as an autonomous evidence-based practitioner.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

To enrol in this unit you must be enrolled in the CB85 Course and meet the following pre-requisites:

ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals

ALLH12007 Research Methods for Therapy or ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals

PSIO13002 Professional Physiotherapy Practice 1

PSIO13003 Professional Physiotherapy Practice 2

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 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Research Assignment 70%
2. Presentation 30%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 50.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 4.76% 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
Students have commented that staff availability and timelines of feedback was a major strength of this unit.
It is recommended to continue to provide timely and effective student support and feedback.
Action Taken
Research topics and main supervisors have been assigned to each group of students. Students are currently collecting data for their research projects at both campuses (ROK and BDG) and are being mentored by their main supervisors.
Source: Informal feedback
Students commented that the early release of topics in January 2021 and the ability to form groups based around placements was welcomed.
It is recommended that topics are released in January of the new year to facilitate student planning of the Research Project and for students to form groups.
Action Taken
Topics were released on 17th January, 2022 and students were notified via email about their topics area and supervisor by 4th February, 2022. Students were notified that they could arrange their first meeting with their supervisors from Monday 7th February onward.
Source: Informal feedback
Students have stated that the Symposium is well organised and allowed them to showcase their Research Projects to the wider community. They also appreciated the inclusion of potential employees as sponsors, as this exposed them to future work opportunities. It was suggested that more guests were able to attend on campus.
It is recommended that more guests be invited on campus to attend the Symposium and that external sponsorships and partnerships are developed to enhance the students experience of the day.
Action Taken
This year's Symposium aims to invite more guests on campus and three external sponsors have been secured to enhance student's experience of the day.
Source: SUTE Unit comments
Students asked for rubrics to be accessible to students when unit is released.
It is recommended that marking rubrics be made accessible to students when unit Moodle site is released.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE unit comments
Students said that meetings with supervisors could not happen before term started and that it was hard to find a time on top of placement to schedule a meeting.
It is recommended that students are briefed about carefully planning their selection of group members and aiming to ensure that clinical placements are diarised and common availability for group work also diarised prior to the start of Term 1.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform a comprehensive search and critique of published literature to identify relevant evidence on a defined research topic
  2. Design and conduct a research project incorporating relevant research design theory in consideration of the ethical issues related to the research topic, the research population and the research design
  3. Summarise, analyse, compare and interpret research results in an evidence based manner to draw reasoned conclusions and make further recommendations for clinical practice
  4. Write a manuscript using the formatting of a subject specific academic journal and communicate and disseminate findings at conferences in poster and oral presentations.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Research Assignment
2 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Research Assignment
2 - Presentation