12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Not offered in 2018
This unit is a core unit for the MFM (research stream) and is designed to assist students in the development of their research project. It covers such issues as starting a project, measurement, project management, applying to an institutional ethics committee for approval to conduct a research project, funding a research project, statistical planning, data analysis, collaborative research, and research in general practice.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Develop a research question and critically analyse it for importance, feasibility and focus. Select a series of articles of relevance to their topic of interest and critically appraise them for scientific validity.
- Select a study design which is appropriate to their research topic of interest and demonstrates valid and reliable methods.
- Develop a written research protocol which outlines the major steps in a research study, from asking a research question, to describing the methods, and showing how the data will be collected and analysed.
- Develop a grant application which describes the cost of a study, justifies the various cost items, and provides an outline of a study that will enable a funding body to judge the merit of the application.
- Develop an ethics application which describes the ethical aspects of the study, and includes subject consent forms and explanatory statements.
- Design and manage a small pilot study and critically analyse its results. Draw conclusions about the likely directions of general practice research.
- Plan their own Masters research project.
- Literature review (1,500 words) (15%)
- Reliability and validity study (1,500 words) (10%)
- Funding application (1,500 words) (20%)
- Ethics application (1,500 words) (20%)
- Pilot study (2,000 words) (35%)