HONOURS B

PTY5HNB

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will focus on designing a specific research project within a clinical setting of relevance to physiotherapy practice. The subject runs concurrently with the entry-level course. In this subject a research project is planned with the guidance and supervision of a member of the academic staff. The focus will be on producing a written and verbal research proposal and preparing and gaining ethical approval for the project.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew Hahne

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed PTY5HNA and be enrolled in one of the following courses: HZHHPP, HZHHPB - Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice (Honours). HMHPP, HMHPPB - Master of Physiotherapy Practice (Honours).

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPublication manual of the American Psychological Association.PrescribedAmerican Psychological Association (2010).6TH EDN, WASHINGTON, D.C.
ReadingsThe Department of Physiotherapy Honours HandbookPrescribedN/AN/A
ReadingsFoundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice.RecommendedPortney LG, Watkins MP (2009)3RD EDN, UPPER SADDLE RIVER: PEARSON/PRENTICE HALL.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To specify a relevant and precise research question, and to formulate appropriate hypotheses based on previous results from the published literature.

Activities:
Refine an answerable research question using PICO, from this develop specific hypotheses that can be tested.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. To identify the most suitable research design for addressing this question.

Activities:
Review relevant literature and identify suitable research designs, by critically evaluating the limitations, strengths and weaknesses of the design options.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. To plan, design and conduct the research project so that it can be completed within the allocated duration of the Honour's Program.

Activities:
Identifying all the steps required to complete the research project, and then developing a feasible and specific timeline for the project.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. To describe the means by which data will be collected.

Activities:
Working with an experienced research supervisor to identify a suitable population of subjects, identifying ethically approporiate recruitment proceedures and gaining relevant permissions for where data will be collected. Identifying suitable personnel and equipment/apparatus for collection of data.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

05. To identify the means by which the data will be analysed using appropriate statistical/qualitative methods.

Activities:
Review relevant literature and identify suitable analysis methods, by critically evaluating the limitations, strengths and weaknesses of the options.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

06. To develop a written version of a comprehensive research proposal, the format of which should follow that stipulated in the Research Proposal form.

Activities:
Writing a full research proposal.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

07. To describe the ethical implications of the research project, and to complete (or to assist in completing) all relevant ethics application forms.

Activities:
Submit the project for ethical approval to all relevant ethics commttees.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)

08. To present a verbal presentation of the research proposal, and discuss the research to a scientific audience.

Activities:
Participation in the verbal research propopsal seminar held within the department of Physiotherapy.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Communication (Communication)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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