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Surgical Research I (SURG90026)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSURG90026
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The aim of this subject is to introduce students to a range of research approaches relevant to surgical practice such as quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.

Research designs such as the randomized control trial will be highlighted. This subject also includes making sense of surgical research, extending critical appraisal skills and conducting a systematic review (group activity). Students will work in groups to define a review question and use established guidelines to undertake the review and then present their results in an online forum.

As part of the process, students will reflect on the surgical competencies of communication, collaboration and teamwork, management and leadership, scholarship and leadership.

Intended learning outcomes

Students completing this subject should be able to:

  • Describe research methods relevant to surgical practice – designs/paradigms etc.
  • Describe the principles of randomized controlled trials
  • Write research questions relevant to surgery
  • Prepare a protocol for a systematic review
  • Critically appraise surgical research papers
  • Reflect on effective group processes

Generic skills

  • Initiative, autonomy, organization
  • Problem-solving
  • Oral communication
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Written communication
  • Working with others and in teams

Last updated: 24 August 2019