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Clinical Research Thesis (CLRS90004)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 50On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCLRS90004
Semester 1
Year Long
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides students with the opportunity to design and conduct, under supervision, an independent clinical research project. Students will take responsibility for all aspects of the research project including the experimental design and collection of research data;, appropriate statistical analysis, and interpretation of data; and oral and written presentations of the results. Upon completion of this subject, participants will produce an original research demonstrating an effective writing style and reflecting sound reasoning, clarity of thinking and compliance with style requirements. Undertaking this subject provides an opportunity for students to define a research question and identify an appropriate methodology, conduct research independently, and demonstrate critical thinking reflecting breadth and depth of knowledge in clinical research.

Intended learning outcomes

At completion of this subject, students will demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • conducting independent clinical research in the biomedical and/or health sciences;
  • designing experiments by selecting an appropriate clinical research study design, with justification;
  • methods to ensure the appropriate collection, management, analysis and storage of research data;
  • the ethical and regulatory process required for the conduct of a clinical research to conform with good clinical research practice requirements;
  • strategies to plan and manage a clinical research project and, where required, research team;
  • communicating complex scientific information in written and oral form, to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • high level analytical skills and independent critical thinking to interpret research findings to inform clinical practice or health policy;
  • assimilating and critically evaluating existing knowledge within a scientific paradigm.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain skills in:

• articulating the breadth of knowledge gained in a particular discipline;
• the ability to exercise critical judgement;
• expressing persuasive intellectual arguments;
• high level written report and oral presentations;
• managing a research project;
• oral communication and presentation;
• rigorous and independent thinking; and
• time management and self-management skill

Last updated: 1 May 2019