Introduction to Primary Care Research

Subject GENP40002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30
Total Time Commitment:

30 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 170 hours (including non-contact time)


Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) to complete this subject.

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Recommended Background Knowledge:

Undergraduate 3 year sequence in a biomedical or science discipline of relevance to the proposed primary care research project.

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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, 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 subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Meredith Temple-Smith


Subject Coordinator:

Assoc Prof Meredith Temple-Smith

Administrative Coordinator:

Ms Weilun Nien

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 workshops and weekly 1 hour tutorials, the following topics will be covered:

• 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

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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%
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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
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80% attendance at weekly tutorials is required as a hurdle requirement.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Primary Care (General Practice)

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