Specialist Cert.Clinical Research (Immunisation & Infectious Diseases)

Course N05ID (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Year and Campus: 2011 - Hawthorn
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 25 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


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Course Overview:

The Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Immunisation and Infectious Diseases) is a stand-alone award that provides full credit for completed studies into the Graduate Diploma and Masters of Clinical Research courses.

The purpose of this award is to provide individuals from medical and allied health professions (such as nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists etc) and others with a science-based background and qualifications the opportunity to complete specialist formal training in a specific Clinical Research discipline.

The Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Immunisation and Infectious Diseases) acknowledges that many researchers already have postgraduate training and from this have developed discipline-specific areas of interest. It addresses the need for a course that formally offers expert training in specialist areas that can be undertaken in isolation from more substantial awards.

The Specialist Certificate is distinguished from the Professional Certificate award by the provision of technically advanced professional development in specific areas that confer expertise and mastery of the subject area under study, as opposed to an introductory overview of an area of study. This is the normal requirement of any subject developed at Masters level.


Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of immunisation
  • Understand the methods employed in the conduct of immunisation clinical trials
  • Understand ethical issues specific to immunisation clinical trials
  • Understand how endpoints of immunisation clinical trials are determined, including surrogate markers
  • Define surrogate markers, and identify their limitations
  • Understand the immunological, microbiological and laboratory assessment of immunisation clinical trials
  • Understand principles of safety monitoring and post-licensure surveillance systems
  • Understand vaccine study design
  • Design a research proposal in immunisation
Course Structure & Available Subjects: To satisfy the requirements of this Specialist Certificate, students must complete 25 credit points.
Subject Options:

Core Subjects

2 subjects, worth 12.5 points each
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in medicine, an allied health profession, science or social science which is recognised by the University as evidence of adequate preparation for the course plus documented evidence of at least two year's full-time relevant professional work experience or doctoral study in a medical, scientific or allied health environment.

Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests 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: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
Further Study: NA
Graduate Attributes:  Respect for truth, intellectual integrity and ethical behaviour,
 Intellectual curiosity and creativity,
 Willingness and ability to use their skills and knowledge for constructive public purposes; and
 Appreciation of the world outside their national, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
These attributes inform the entry requirements to, development of teaching materials for, and the conduct of teaching in the Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Immunisation and Infectious Diseases).
Professional Accreditation: NA
Generic Skills: See www.mccp.unimelb.edu.au
Links to further information: http://www.mccp.unimelb.edu.au/courses/award-courses/specialist-certificate/IID

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