Research Dissertation: Minor Thesis

Subject PAED90023 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 37.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
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

Supervised project.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisors, with at least a total of 72 contact hours over the duration of the project. Regular (usually fortnightly) classes facilitated by the Research Curriculum Coordinator, 24 contact hours in total.
Total Time Commitment:

300 - 360 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects: None
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 Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
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Academic Contact:

Dr Jan Hodgson
Ph: 03 8341 6308

Administrative Contact:

Vicki Hirt
Ph: 03 8341 6336

Subject Overview:

An original research project will be conducted and a thesis of 12,000-15,000 words completed under academic supervision. Data collection: each student will be encouraged to develop and plan a project during Year 1. Topics may reflect their own interest or relate to current research at the clinical genetics service (Genetic Health Services Victoria) or the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) where the Masters will be taught. Students will be assigned a supervisor and start to collect data during their clinical placement or through other relevant sources eg the health care system.

This is supplemented by study in existing short courses and online resources (eg offered through The University of Melbourne, as appropriate to required skills.

  • To conduct an original research project relevant to the practice of genetic counselling.
  • To develop familiarity with and appreciation of the research process.
  • To consider the implications of findings for genetic counselling practice.
  • A thesis of 12,000 - 15,000 words on an approved topic (90%), due early November. The thesis will be assessed by two examiners chosen from the Board of Examiners (Program Convener, Research Curriculum Coordinator and External Examiner), and a mark awarded. In order to pass the dissertation students will be required to undertake and pass a 15-minute Viva (hurdle requirement).
  • A 15-minute presentation on the findings of the study (5%), held at the end of the second semester, which will be assessed by the Program Convenor, Research Curriculum Coordinator, and one external examiner.
  • The primary supervisor will assign a mark for the thesis (5%) using a standard format to assess development of the student's reasoning, analytical, organisational and written skills.
Prescribed Texts:

No prescribed text. Dissertation handbook will be provided.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Logic and reasoning skills
  • Data collection and analysis skills
  • Organisation & time management skills
  • Ability to convey information clearly in written form

Related Course(s): Master of Genetic Counselling

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