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Primary Care Research Project Part 1 (GENP40000)

HonoursPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeGENP40000
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The student will conduct an original research project under the supervision of an academic staff member in the Department of General Practice from February to November. The student will be introduced to current literature and to the research techniques used in the specialised area in which their research sits. The research project may form part of a larger current study, by focussing on one small aspect, or it may be especially designed for the student by a researcher with shared interests. In either case it is expected that the work will culminate in an original research publication.

Intended learning outcomes

To understand the role and process of scientific research through the conduct of a project which includes:

• Critical review of literature
• Development of a research question
• Understanding of the research methods used in primary care research
• Understanding of the analytic methods used in primary care research
• Generation of original results
• Oral communication of own research to an expert audience
• Written communication skills that will contribute to a paper for a peer reviewed journal

Generic skills

Students will learn to:

  • Critically assess literature
  • Accept or reject information provided by others
  • Identify unresolved clinical questions
  • Identify the best approaches to address research questions
  • Develop time management skills
  • Develop oral and written presentation skills

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOM40001 Introduction To Biomedical Research


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
GENP40002 Introduction to Primary Care Research
Semester 1

Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



This assessment statement applies to the entire enrolment across Parts 1 (GENP40000) and 2 (GENP40001) of the subject:

  • Oral presentation of 10-15 mins to Department on introduction to project and literature during Semester 1 (10%)
  • Literature review (1500-2000 words) due by the end of Semester 1 (15%)
  • Oral presentation of 10-15 mins to Department on thesis results during Semester 2 (10%)
  • Research thesis (8,000 -10,000 words) due by the end of Semester 2 (65%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorMeredith Temple-Smith
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursThis subject is an individual research project and weekly contact hours will vary depending on the nature of the project.
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Subject Coordinator:

    Assoc Prof Meredith Temple-Smith

    Administrative Coordinator:

    Ms Weilun Nien

Time commitment details

Students should discuss total time commitment with their supervisor but as a guide, a student would be expected to be engaged in their research for an average of thirty hours per week over two semesters. All students are also expected to attend weekly Research Matters training sessions plus an additional one hour tutorial for project monitoring.

Additional delivery details

This subject is delivered in two consecutive parts. Whilst these have separate subject codes, they are considered to be a single continuing subject of 75 credit points. At the end of the first part, students will receive a CNT (Continuing - ongoing) grade. At the completion of the final part students will receive an overall result for the subject.

Information provided on this page applies to both parts of the subject (GENP40000 and GENP40001).

Further information

Last updated: 9 November 2018