Introduction to Primary Care Research

Subject GENP40002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, 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: 30
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
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: Undergraduate 3 year sequence in a biomedical or science discipline of relevance to the proposed primary care research project.
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:

This subject uses a structured approach to introduce students to the processes and skills which are essential to the conduct of human research in the primary care setting. In a series of 10 x 2 hour tutorials, students will cover the following topics:

• Why primary care research is needed
• Framing research questions for human populations
• Qualitative and quantitative research methods appropriate to primary care
• Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
• Primary care ethics
• Consumer engagement in research
• Sensitive issues; sensitive populations
• Rural health issues
• Writing for a primary care professional audience
• Community feedback

  • To develop expertise in formulating primary care research questions
  • Research skills training, including methods and analysis used in primary care research
  • To develop an understanding of the issues involved in translating clinical research results to the primary care setting
  • Four written reports (each not exceeding 2000 words) submitted during the semester, each worth 25%
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Literature searching, development of research proposal
  • Skills in research methods and analysis
  • Written and oral communication
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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