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Research Dissertation: Minor Thesis (PAED90023)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePAED90023
Year Long - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

An original research project will be conducted and a thesis of 15,000 words completed under academic supervision. Preparation for this subject begins in Year 1 when students undertake PAED 90027 – Healthcare research: principles and designs. As part of that subject students will be encouraged to work with a research supervisor to develop an original research project and submit any necessary Human Research Ethics applications. Topics may reflect their own interest or relate to current research at the clinical genetics service (Victorian Clinical Genetics Services) or the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) where the Masters is taught.

Data collection commences in Year 2 and students are required to perform relevant data analysis and write a thesis to be submitted at the end of Semester 2.

This is supplemented by fortnightly research tutorials, study in existing short courses and online resources (eg www.courseworks.unimelb.edu.au) offered through The University of Melbourne that are relevant for individual upskilling.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To conduct an original research project relevant to the practice of genetic counselling.
  • To develop familiarity with and appreciation of the research process.
  • To consider the implications of findings for genetic counselling practice.

Generic skills

  • Logic and reasoning skills
  • Data collection and analysis skills
  • Organisation & time management skills
  • Ability to convey information clearly in written form

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PAED90027 2019



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



  • A thesis of 15,000 words on an approved topic (90%), due early November. The thesis will be assessed by two examiners chosen from the Board of Examiners (Program Convener, Research Curriculum Coordinator and 1-3 examiners with appropriate expertise), and a mark awarded.
  • In order to pass the dissertation students will be required to undertake and pass a 15-minute Viva (hurdle requirement).
  • A 15-minute presentation on the findings of the study (5%), held at the end of the second semester, which will be assessed by two members of the Board of Examiners
  • The primary supervisor will assign a mark for the thesis (5%) using a standard format to assess development of the student's reasoning, analytical, organisational and written skills.

Dates & times

  • Year Long - Online
    Principal coordinatorJan Hodgson
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hoursRegular meetings with supervisors, with at least a total of 72 contact hours over the duration of the project. Regular (usually fortnightly) classes facilitated by the Research Curriculum Coordinator, 24 contact hours in total.
    Total time commitment500 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Year Long contact information

    Academic Contact:

    Dr Jan Hodgson

    Email: hodgson@unimelb.edu.au

    Ph: 03 8341 6308

    Administrative Contact:

    Vicki Hirt

    Email: vhirt@unimelb.edu.au

    Ph: 03 8341 6336

Time commitment details

500 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    No prescribed text. Dissertation handbook will be provided.

  • Subject notes

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 15 August 2019