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Minor Thesis (SURG90031)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSURG90031
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The aim of this subject is for students to conduct a research project that reflects a surgical theme. The proposal for the minor thesis will have been developed in the previous semester and will need approval from the Course Director. The subject commences with the student making an oral presentation of their intended project. Students will implement the project across two semesters. Students will develop a working knowledge of research by undertaking this supervised project. Although students are encouraged to identify suitable supervisors, project supervision will be offered as part of the program. Some supervision may be undertaken face to face or by Skype or other electronic means. This subject is a pathway to a PhD program.

Intended learning outcomes

Students completing this subject should be able to:

  • Implement and write up a surgical research project
  • Appraise literature relevant to a surgical research project
  • Demonstrate capacity to engage in reflective, critical discussion of the area of particular interest in surgery
  • Evaluate research data in the light of what is known on the given surgical topic
  • Manage all phases of a surgical research project
  • Evaluate ethical issues associated with the conduct of the surgical research project
  • Identify challenges to conducting surgical research
  • Demonstrate formal research presentation skills

Generic skills

  • Initiative, autonomy, organization
  • Problem-solving
  • Oral communication
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Written communication
  • Working with others and in teams
  • Research project skills
  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify relationships between theory, research and teaching
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn using research processes
  • Understand the significance of developing clinical practice on the basis of research evidence
  • Critical appraisal skills

Last updated: 3 April 2019