Clinical Education Research Proposal

Subject EDUC90837 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 10-Feb-2016 to 12-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 13-May-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Feb-2016
Census Date 04-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-Apr-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 16 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Master of Clinical Education. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
October, Semester 2
October, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge and experience of the planning and delivery of clinical education.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team:


Prof Steve Trumble


Administrative Contact:

Erin Turner


Phone 03 8344 2591



Subject Overview:

This subject provides practical support and guidance for participants preparing to undertake their research project in the second semester. It builds on the theoretical research paradigms and methods introduced in the graduate diploma research subject by supporting clinicians to develop and define a research question, and appropriate research design and methods. Recognising that clinicians have many competing demands on their time, the seminar days are workshops that will allow participants to develop important resources such as their clarified research question, literature search strategy, project design and ethics application.

Learning Outcomes:

By completing this subject, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the study of clinical education.
  • Produce a research proposal that is designed to answer a clear, coherent question related to clinical education (at Masters level)
  • Develop a comprehensive literature search strategy and analysis of the relevant clinical education literature
  • Submit an application for Human Research Ethics Committee approval
  • Research plan (2500 words) - 50%
  • Ethics proposal (2000 words) - hurdle requirement
  • Literature review (2500 words) - 50%
Prescribed Texts:

Understanding Medical Education. Swanwick, Tim (Ed); Association for the Study of Medical Education. Edition: Second edition. Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. : Wiley Blackwell. 2014

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On successful completion of this course, participants should have:

  • Developed problem-solving skills related to educational research design and methods in a variety of clinical teaching contexts.
  • Refined their analytical skills - the ability to construct and identify research questions to build educational theory and respond to questions arising from teaching practice
  • Through discussion sessions and other interactions with fellow students, develop communication and presentation skills about education theory and research
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Education

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