Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will develop a detailed protocol for a scoping review of research literature to identify core issues and gaps in the literature that is related to a field of disability practice. Students will undertake background work to justify their scoping review, construct and refine a review question, design a comprehensive search for relevant research literature, design unbiased methods to select and evaluate the research literature, and select appropriate methods for the extraction and synthesis of data from the included studies. Students will work closely with their thesis supervisor while developing independent research skills, including the ability to access and critically evaluate relevant literature.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSian Anderson

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have passed all first year subjects in the HMADPO


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsIn consultation with the subject coordinator, students will need to select a supervisor to work with in completing this subject

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Formulate a research question in a disability-related field of practice.
02. Use appropriate databases to search for evidence.
03. Design unbiased methods to select and evaluate the research literature.
04. Select and apply appropriate methods for the extraction and synthesis of data.
05. Critically evaluate the data obtained so as to address the research question.
06. Synthesise information and transmit knowledge in the form of a scoping review suitable for publication.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSian Anderson

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 10.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research Protocol (2,000-word equivalent). Students to prepare a protocol that includes the research question to be searched.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

Scoping Review (4,000-word equivalent). Students to prepare a scoping review in a form appropriate for publication.

N/AOtherIndividualNo70 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6