Unit description

Provides students with the opportunity to engage in supervised research in a specific area, thereby gaining experience of the professional role of a researcher in allied health.  The unit requires students to develop a research question, and write a proposal, considering the research design, methods and ethics associated with the project. This unit is the second in the embedded Allied Health Honours stream.

Unit content

  1. Formulate a research question that will be explored in their Honours Research Project, and engage in critical discussion and feedback of colleagues’ research questions;
  2. Appraise and critically review the literature relevant to their identified research question;
  3. Identify and explain the ethical issues relevant to their identified research questions, and engage in discussion of ethics associated with colleagues’ research questions;
  4. Design and develop a research proposal for their research question, providing justification and support for the plan.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Portney, L. G., & Watkins, M. P., 2009, Foundations of clinical research: Applications to practice, 3rd, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Contribution to in-class discussionsSR
Ethics Application30%
Research Proposal70%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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