PSIO14006 - Research Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will build upon previous learning and skills related to research methods, by planning and conducting a supervised group research project.  You will be required to collaborate with your assigned research group to deliver a primary study, a systematic literature review, or a service improvement initiative. You will submit an individual manuscript using the structure of an academic journal, and you will collaborate to design and deliver a group oral 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:

  • ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals
  • ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice 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 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 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. Electronic Focused Interactive Learning (eFIL) 0%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
3. Research Assignment 65%
4. Group Work 25%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 60.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 17.24% 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: 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
Marking rubrics were available to students when Moodle site was released.
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
Students were briefed about carefully planning their selection of group members and aiming to ensure that clinical placements are diarised and common availability for group work during the unit coordinator Zoom session at the beginning of term 1, 2023.
Source: SUTE
CAT content: Continue with the informative videos regarding the CAT analysis - these were found extremely beneficial!
It is recommended that CAT videos continue to be delivered in future offerings of this unit.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
CAT instruction: Only evaluating CAT - found very little instruction and expectations on what was required for the CAT.
It is recommended that the CAT content and length of videos be reviewed.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Supervisor support: There was little support for the variety of groups. Individual supervisors were equally confused on the expectations however very supportive.
It is recommended that support provided to supervisors and students be reviewed. It is recommended that expectations for CAT are clearly stipulated and communicated to supervisors and students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental research concepts related to qualitative and/or quantitative research.
  2. Perform a comprehensive search and critique of published academic literature to identify relevant evidence on a defined research topic.
  3. Design and conduct a research project incorporating relevant research design theory and data analysis, and in consideration of the ethical issues related to the research topic and the research population.
  4. Write an individual manuscript using the format of an academic journal and effectively and professionally communicate research findings in a variety of formats and in a manner suitable for the intended audience.

The learning outcomes in PSIO14006 are linked to the Australian Physiotherapy Council's "Accreditation standard for entry-level physiotherapy practitioner programs (December 2016)"; Domain 3: Program of study; Standard statement: Program design, delivery and resourcing enable students to achieve the required professional attributes and competencies; Criteria 3.5: Graduates are competent in research literacy for the level and type of the program.  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Electronic Focused Interactive Learning (eFIL)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Research Assignment
4 - Group Work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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