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Semester 1 (Extended) - Online
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This 25 credit point subject is a capstone experience that will run over two consecutive terms. Building upon previous learning and the University of Melbourne graduate attributes, the subject provides opportunities to extend, deepen and apply knowledge, skills and attributes in the context of a research project.
Students will be part of a research team and will work on aspects of a research project in collaboration with an experienced researcher. The student will communicate with the research team via synchronous online meetings and asynchronous discussions. This subject is an opportunity for students to integrate knowledge and research skills to develop, frame and address a research question. The research question can be answered by a systematic review of the literature, by an analysis of an existing data set or by testing a hypothesis within an existing research project.
Students are required to select a project from a list of research projects made available to them. The subject coordinator in consultation with the research supervisor and student will determine the content and extent of the project.
Students will be required to submit a report comprising a critical review of literature, methodological choices and rationale, results addressing the research hypothesis and discussion of findings and implications of the research project.
This capstone also provides the opportunity for interdisciplinary networking; dissemination of project outcomes with student peers and colleagues; and peer review prior to submission of the final assessment task. Students will be expected to communicate their findings in a concise and scholarly manner to their peers.
Intended learning outcomes
The curriculum is designed around three elements, which provide integration throughout the course.
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
Theory and Practice
- Analyse and synthesize salient features and important theoretical, methodological and empirical trends in published literature and data.
- Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge of contemporary research approaches.
- Develop and frame appropriate research questions.
- Critically analyse and interpret research findings.
Evidence and Innovation
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the principle of research ethics and the ability to apply these principles in practice.
- Analyze, synthesize and critically evaluate literature and published resources relevant to the research project research.
Clinical Practice in Context
- Plan and execute a substantial research based project.
- Demonstrate academic writing, oral and creative skills to present information to both specialists in academic forums and specialists and non-specialist in clinical contexts.
On completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the skills associated with:
- a deep understanding of their social and civic responsibilities in the domain of public policy, health care provision and as private individuals
- the ability to recognise, explore and critically analyse issues of health practice and their proposed solutions
- confidence in contributing from an informed perspective to a meaningful public discourse in their practice
- academic excellence with high levels of oral and written communication skills
- reflecting on their personal skills, values, biases and limitations and identify learning opportunities to build on their knowledge and skills to promote best practice
- advocating for the health and wellbeing of all individuals, promoting equitable access to services
- knowledge and application of the principles and approaches to best practice, particularly in adapting to the latest technical advancements in online learning design
- active global citizenship by virtue of their academic excellence, their interdisciplinary knowledge, their community leadership capabilities and their cultural awareness
Last updated: 12 November 2021