Primary Health Care Research Project

Subject GENP40001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is an individual research project and weekly contact hours will vary depending on the nature of the project.
Total Time Commitment: Students should discuss total time commitment with their supervisor but as a guide, a student would be expected to be engaged in their research for an average of thirty hours per week over two semesters.
Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) to complete this subject.

Please refer to the notes section below for details regarding the subjects to be completed.

Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Meredith Temple-Smith


Academic Coordinator:

Associate Professor Meredith Temple-Smith

Administrative Coordinator:

Dr Helen McPartlan

Subject Overview:

The student will conduct an original research project under the supervision of an academic staff member in the General Practice and Primary Care Academic centre from February to November. The student will be introduced to current literature and to the research techniques used in the specialised area in which their research sits. The research project may form part of a larger current study, by focussing on one small aspect, or it may be especially designed for the student by a researcher with shared interests. In either case it is expected that the work will culminate in an original research publication.

Students will be enrolled in a combination of the research project subjects indicated below to ensure they have completed a total of 75 points for the research project by the end of their course.

GENP40000 Primary Health Care Research Project 25 points (semester 1)

GENP40001 Primary Health Care Research Project 50 points (semester 2)


To understand the role and process of scientific research through the conduct of a project which includes:

• Critical review of literature
• Development of a research question
• Understanding of the research methods used in primary care research
• Understanding of the analytic methods used in primary care research
• Generation of original results
• Oral communication of own research to an expert audience
• Written communication skills that will contribute to a paper for a peer reviewed journal

  • Oral presentation of 10-15 mins to Department on introduction to project and literature during Semester 1 (10%)
  • Literature review (1500-2000 words) due by the end of Semester 1 (15%)
  • Oral presentation of 10-15 mins to Department on thesis results during Semester 2 (10%)
  • Research thesis (8,000 -10,000 words) due by the end of Semester 2 (65%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students will learn to:

• Critically assess literature
• Accept or reject information provided by others
• Identify unresolved clinical questions
• Identify the best approaches to address research questions
• Develop time management skills
• Develop oral and written presentation skills

Links to further information:

To be awarded Honours with a specialisation in Primary Care (General Practice), students must successfully complete the following:

Semester 1

BIOM40001 Introduction to Biomedical Research (12.5 points)

GENP40002 Introduction to Primary Care Research (12.5 points)

GENP40000 Primary Health Care Research Project (25 points)

Semester 2

GENP40001 Primary Health Care Research Project (50 points)

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours)
Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours)

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