Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will further develop foundation skills necessary to plan simple research projects. Facilitated seminars lead students to critically examine thematically related research and provide an opportunity to consider common issues with research design; discuss alternatives to reduce bias and improve methodological quality using more complex research designs. Upon successful completion of the subject, students will have the ability to critically read and appraise a range of research common to prosthetics and orthotics and use this to plan and justify a research project in subsequent units and in their future practice.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Dillon

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites POR4CAR


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in Prosthetics and Orthotics

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically read a range of prosthetic and orthotic literature, identify research questions that can meaningfully extend the current evidence and present a rational, well evidenced argument for pursuing such questions

justification assignment, letter to the editor

02. Describe and critically appraise a range of research methods, identify common issues with the design or execution and recommend alternative approaches

justification assignment, letter to the editor

03. Analyse data and clearly and succinctly present your observations, making accurate inferences that address the research question

letter to the editor, oral presentation, take home exam

04. Have developed a familiarity with, and knowledge of, current evidence on a range of topics in prosthetics and orthotics

justification assignment, letter to the Editor, oral presentation

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Dillon

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1000-word individual written assignment30 02
One 15-minute team oral presentation and discussion20 03
One 1500-word written examination30 04
One 500-word individual written assignment20 01, 04