Available in 2021
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces the skills and knowledge needed to complete a research project for the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) and Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours). Students will develop their research project methods and protocols under academic supervision.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

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. Discuss and demonstrate understanding of professional ethics - not only related to their individual project but also on a broader, more general level.

2. Articulate and justify the appropriate methodologies to be applied in relation to their research project.

3. Describe the rationale, aims, and clinical or scientific relevance of their research project.

4. Demonstrate understanding and selective application of clinical research, including principles of critical appraisal of qualitative and/or quantitative literature.


1. Individual academic Honours supervision relevant to the student's Honours research project in developing their research methods and protocols, including:

  1. Planning a research question.
  2. Critically appraising the literature.
  3. Developing a testable hypothesis.
  4. Designing a study and selecting research methodologies.
  5. Obtaining ethics approval with support of supervisor (if required).          

2.  Presenting research results (written and oral).


This course is only available to students enrolled in the

Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) [11691];

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) [12389];

Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) [12330];

or the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) [10954]

Assumed knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Nursing, Midwifery, Medical Science, Medical Radiation Science, Oral Health, Podiatry or the equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Presentation: Presentation

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Compulsory attendance and presentation.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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

Students will meet with their supervisors regularly. Students are expected to attend oral presentation sessions. Students are expected to spend on average 240-280 hours of effort or total load.

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 9

Students will be provided two lectures online covering presentation style and writing skills.


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 10

Students will present their introduction and methods for their research project to peers for feedback and review.

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.