Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Student enrolment is semester based, MEDI6103A (Semester 1) and MEDI6103B (Semester 2), with the delivery of the academic content occurring across the full year.

In this course, students build upon the research skills gained in MEDI6001 to conduct a small-scale research project related to health. At the end of the course, students will have experienced the research process and can reflect upon the group-based experience, the tasks and skills required, and obtain an awareness of their own capacity to be effective researchers.

The group-based Research Projects are designed in a previous course MEDI6001, and implemented in this course via extended learning that occurs each week within clinical placement commitments, and then as a 6 week pure Research Intensive. Research active academics, clinicians and conjoints provide consistent supervision of the Research group over the course of design, implementation, analysis and write up. The focus of this course, MEDI6103, is research participation aligned with existing research strengths to promote appropriate research conduct and academic rigour.

The research skills will be assessed on a combination of group assessment tasks and individual contributions via a mix of assessment modalities detailed in the assessment and course requirement sections below.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Central Coast Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Hunter Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Tablelands Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Tamworth Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 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.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply an advanced body of relevant knowledge to implement a specialised research project, applicable to health professional practice, in partnership with a research supervisor.

2. Apply where relevant the ethical and research principles for handling patient and health related information, to gather the necessary data for an ethically approved research project.

3. Demonstrate competency in systematically collecting, analysing, and interpreting data to draw conclusions in addressing a research problem within a specific project.

4. Generate and prepare a written report on a research project.

5. Demonstrate competency in communicating research findings through an oral presentation with visual aids.

6. Theorise about the applications of a research project and the potential future developments or contributions to knowledge or practice in health.

7. Manage the tasks involved in implementing a research project with a group including maintaining a record of activity and other supporting documentation.

8. Contribute effectively to group-based research implementation, engaging in the specific group dynamics and group tasks.


Teaching and learning materials are made available online throughout the year which revise and expand on topics introduced in previous courses for application to research practice in this course:

  • Participating in a research group
  • Collecting, collating, analysing and presenting data
  • Preparing and submitting research reports
  • Writing to a level suitable for publication
  • Research presentation formats

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


Students must be active in the Doctor of Medicine [40047] and have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in MEDI6103A to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Bachelor of Medical Science (40046).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Progress Report, Final Report & Presentation *

Written Assignment: Individual Reflection & Record *

Journal: Individual Contribution Rating *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Journal: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. - In addition to NSW Health Verification Requirements students are required to complete Preplacement modules developed by the JMP.

Contact hours

Central Coast Clinical School, Hunter Clinical School, Manning Base Hospital, Tablelands Clinical School and Tamworth Base Hospital

Individual Supervision

Self-Directed 5 day(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

This is integrated within the Clinical Placement.

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