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HSC8070 Health Masters Project A

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Sonya Osborne


Pre-requisite: HSC8050 and HSC8060 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MOHH or MNSG or MPUH
Pre-requisite: MPUH only - PUH8010 and PUH8020 and PUH8030 and PUH8040


An important outcome of post-graduate level study is that learners should be able to design and execute independent projects that consolidate, build upon and/or apply the knowledge and skills developed through their program of study in their workplace. This course, taken at, or towards the end of the program, is part of a 'capstone experience' that enables students to synthesise the knowledge and skills developed in earlier courses of their program into an approved research project focused on a key aspect of their interest or specialisation. This course is the initial stage of a two-course project.

This is the first of two courses that contribute towards the Nursing Masters Project. With guidance from a member of academic staff as supervisor, the student will undertake an independent research project which relates to their overall program of study. The student will gain all necessary approvals for undertaking the research including ethics approval and undertake data collection and analysis project.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Execute a planned independent research or scholarly project focused on a health related research question, issue or topic of significance in the student's field of study;
  2. Discuss good clinical practice standards and why we have them;
  3. Apply principles of research integrity and research ethics in the conduct of researching involving human participants or their data;
  4. Devise and use a robust system for managing research data.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Good Clinical Practice - The topic of the project will be developed in collaboration with the course examiner and an academic supervisor approved by the course examiner. 25.00
2. Ethical Considerations – Review responsible conduct of research; prepare and submit relevant ethics application, as required; gain ethical approval for project. 25.00
3. Research Governance – Prepare and submit other required approval documents, as required (e.g. site specific approval, research collaborative agreement, public health application). 25.00
4. Data Management
If conducting a clinical research project – Prepare a data management plan, submit to relevant authority, if required; Devise process for managing data; Prepare study data management files (eg spreadsheet, database).

If conducting a systematic review - Prepare a data management plan; Devise a system for managing the review process, team, and data through all phases of the review process and registering a systematic review protocol.


Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Report 1 No 50 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Report 2 No 50 1,2,3,4
Date printed 30 June 2022