Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence.

Students will undertake an individual supervised research project, incorporating self-directed learning, with assistance from their supervisor. Projects will address a health sciences related research question. Students will use evidence based techniques to develop and test a hypothesis. This will ideally be in an area where there is sufficient published literature so that the student is able to critically appraise the topic. In research Project A, students will initiate and progress their project in consultation with their supervisor; they will complete their project in Research Project B.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A. Part A cannot be completed as a standalone course, it will only count towards your program once you have successfully completed Part B.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop a research question.

2. Critically appraise the literature related to the research question.

3. Demonstrate the application of research strategies.

4. Collect data appropriately.

5. Analyse and interpret data.

6. Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills including the presentation of a research report.


  1. Planning a research question.
  2. Critically appraising the literature.
  3. Developing a testable hypothesis.
  4. Designing a study and selecting a research method.
  5. Obtaining ethics approval with support of supervisor (if required).
  6. Managing a research project.
  7. Presenting research proposals (written and oral).


This course is only available to students enrolled in B Physiotherapy (Honours), B Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), B Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (all programs) or B Occupational Therapy (Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

All core courses in the first three years of the relevant program. HLSC4120 (may be concurrent).

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Proposal / Plan: Introduction and Method of the research project

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 140 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Students will meet with their supervisors regularly.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Students are expected to spend an average of 120- to 140 hours of effort or total load for this course.

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Online activity will consist of a 2 hour online tutorial.


Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Students are expected to attend oral presentation sessions.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.