School Of Health Sciences

Research ProjectWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 401078.3


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 7

Credit Points: 20

Assumed Knowledge
A good understanding of research design and practice, including the development of research objectives, selection of an appropriate study design, data source or data collection plan, sample, analytic strategy. Introductory epidemiological and biostatistics knowledge is also expected.

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in a post graduate course and have a GPA of 5.5 or greater. If students are enrolled in the Master of Epidemiology, Master of Public Health or Master of Health Science, students must have enrolled in, or completed 401076 ‘Introduction to Epidemiology’ and 401077 ‘Introduction to Biostatistics’. For students enrolled in the Master of Public Health or Master of Health Science they are also required to be enrolled in, or have completed 401080 Research Protocol Design and Practice. Students must submit a proposal no longer than three pages comprising the following: 1. Proposed title 2. Background and rationale 3. Research objectives 4. Research plan (including study design, data sources, and analytic strategy) 5. Expected outcomes and benefits 6. Ethical implications 7. Budget and how research costs are to be met (if required) 8. Timeline 9. Supervisor endorsement. Approval of the Research Project Proposal must be provided by the Unit Coordinator to ensure the project meets the expected scale and scope of a 20 credit point Research Project.

About this Unit
This unit requires students to complete a substantial piece of independent research, including research planning, study design, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. Research projects are developed in consultation with staff who possess similar research interests and relevant research experience. Results and conclusions are expected to be of a publishable standard, and students may wish to submit their work for examination in a form suitable for publication in the peer-reviewed literature (with supplementary material as appropriate). Students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops where they will practice defining a clear research question, preparing a formal research proposal, conducting a review of a body of scientific literature and formal writing at a professional standard. Students will also learn about ethical standards when conducting research.

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