Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject represents one semester of a year long program. Students complete empirical work and a minor thesis which involves critical analysis of a significant and substantial body of knowledge in the field of human communication. This may involve preliminary work towards a higher degree thesis(and may address aspects preparatory to the larger thesis study), or a separate but related topic. This thesis must include a report of a thorough literature survey. This project is conducted under the supervision of the candidate's supervisor. It is a requirement that all students obtain ethics approval before collecting data.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorJennifer Oates

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules


Co-requisites HCS4RCA, HCS4RCB and (PHE4HDD or PHE5HDE)

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFoundations of Clinical Research. Applications to Practice.RecommendedPortney, L. & Watkins, M.PEARSON EDUCATION, 2009.
ReadingsHandbook for Allied Health ResearchersRecommendedPerry, A., Morris, M., Cotton, S.MENZIES FOUNDATION, 2009.
ReadingsPublication Manual of the APARecommendedAmerican Psychological AssociationAMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, 2010.
ReadingsResearch Methods in Health: Foundations for Evidence-based PracticeRecommendedLiamputtong, P. (Ed)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2010.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Oates

Class requirements

Supervisor Consultation
One 2.0 hours supervisor consultation per week and delivered via blended.
"Regular consultations with supervisors (two hours per week) and attendance at postgraduate seminars."


Assessment elementComments%
one 12,000-15,000-word final written reportHurdle requirement: attendance at a minimum of 6 postgraduate seminars.80
one 30-minute presentation of a thesis proposal (equivalent to 3,000 words)The assessment components listed are the combined assessment for HCS4RTA and HCS4RTB.20