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PHTY819 – Advanced Research Training

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Dr Karen Peebles
Research Supervisor
Prof Catherine Dean
Research Supervisor
A/Prof Mark Hancock
Research Supervisor
Dr Kat Mills
Research Supervisor
A/Prof Taryn Jones
Research Supervisor
Dr Verity Pacey
Research Supervisor
Dr Tim Doyle
Research Supervisor
Dr Kate Scrivener
Research Supervisor
Dr Marita Dale
Research Supervisor
Dr Andrew Hirschhorn
Research Supervisor
Dr Joel Fuller
Taryn Jones
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
PHTY815
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit will consist of two modules. The first module will involve a seminar series showcasing and evaluating the work of distinguished scientists in physiotherapy and related fields. In the second module, students will develop a full proposal for the dissertation topic identified in PHTY815 and for completion in PHTY821. Throughout both modules students will extend their skills developed in PHTY804 to understand advanced methodological, regulatory and professional aspects of physiotherapy research.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the national regulatory and ethical issues underpinning research in health care, in the context of NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
  2. Explain the contribution of high quality research to the advancement of physiotherapy practice and the profession
  3. Work collaboratively with peers, staff and guest researchers to convene professional research seminars
  4. Discuss contemporary career pathways for physiotherapists that involve the conduct or leadership of physiotherapy research
  5. Demonstrate advanced skills in the methodology, analysis and critical appraisal of epidemiological studies, clinical trials, qualitative studies and experimental research
  6. Prepare a research proposal in accordance with relevant regulatory and ethical requirements
  7. Present and justify a research proposal which meets time and funding constraints

General Assessment Information

Information concerning Macquarie University's assessment policy is available at http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html. Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading requirements are contained in Schedule 1 of the Macquarie University Assessment Policy.

To pass this unit, students must demonstrate sufficient evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes and attempt all assessment tasks. Further details for each assessment task will be available on iLearn, including marking rubrics.

 

All final grades in the Department of Health Professions are determined by a grading committee and are not the sole responsibility of the Unit Convenor.

Students will be awarded one of these grades plus a Standardised Numerical Grade (SNG). The SNG is not necessarily a summation of the individual assessment components. The final grade and SNG that are awarded reflect the corresponding grade descriptor in Schedule 1 of the Assessment Policy. If there is a lack of sufficient evidence demonstrating that a student has met the required level of achievement in all learning outcomes they will be awarded a Fail grading with an assigned mark of 45 or less.

 

Extensions for Assessment Tasks

Applications for assessment task extensions must be submitted via www.ask.mq.edu.au. For further details please refer to the Disruption to Studies Policy available at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration/disruption-to-studies

 

Late Submission of Work

All assignments which are officially received after the due date, and where no extension has been granted by the course convenor or tutor, will incur a deduction of 10% for the first day, and 10% for each subsequent day including the actual day on which the work is received. Weekends and public holidays are included. For example:

Due Date

Received

Days Late

Deduction

Raw Mark

Final Mark

Friday, 14th

Monday, 17th

3

30%

75%

45%

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Seminar Series 25% Weeks 4-8
Project plan 50% Week 12
Oral skills development 25% Week 13

Seminar Series

Due: Weeks 4-8
Weighting: 25%

Showcase Series Written Reflection - Students will be involved in convening, participating and reflecting on the three physiotherapy showcase seminars. They will assist with organising the seminar series including: hosting, introducing and questioning the distinguished researcher. To complete the assessment Individual students will be required to submit a written (750 -1000 words) reflection on distinguish researcher's career and their impact on the physiotherapy profession.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the contribution of high quality research to the advancement of physiotherapy practice and the profession
  • Work collaboratively with peers, staff and guest researchers to convene professional research seminars
  • Discuss contemporary career pathways for physiotherapists that involve the conduct or leadership of physiotherapy research

Project plan

Due: Week 12
Weighting: 50%

Submission of full research project plan including: i) spreadsheet for data collection (Excel); ii) example of an SPSS data sheet; and iii) example of a graph (prepared in Excel) that could be used in your thesis. Approximately 3000 words.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss the national regulatory and ethical issues underpinning research in health care, in the context of NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in the methodology, analysis and critical appraisal of epidemiological studies, clinical trials, qualitative studies and experimental research
  • Prepare a research proposal in accordance with relevant regulatory and ethical requirements
  • Present and justify a research proposal which meets time and funding constraints

Oral skills development

Due: Week 13
Weighting: 25%

In this assessment students will undertake a short oral presentation to their peers and staff. The presentations will be in 5 slides by 5 min format (5 X 5 min). The slides will provide an overview of the student’s research project with focus on the background a justification of their projects and the intended methodology.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss the national regulatory and ethical issues underpinning research in health care, in the context of NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in the methodology, analysis and critical appraisal of epidemiological studies, clinical trials, qualitative studies and experimental research
  • Prepare a research proposal in accordance with relevant regulatory and ethical requirements
  • Present and justify a research proposal which meets time and funding constraints

Delivery and Resources

Unit organisation

This is a 4 credit point unit run over a 13 week session. The unit comprises lectures (online and face-to-face), tutorials, workshops and meetings with research supervisors. Further information on the timetable is available on iLearn. 

Assumed knowledge

The unit builds and integrates material from evidence-based health care (PHTY804).

Teaching and Learning Strategy

The teaching strategy will comprise a combination of online activities and  face-to-face contact. There will also be regular meetings with supervisors, tutorials /workshops for learning core (technical) research skills and workshops in preparation for convening the three departmental showcases. Further details will be available on iLearn.

Attendance

All lectures and tutorials are scheduled in your individual timetable. You may make a request to your tutor to attend a different tutorial on a one-off basis for extenuating circumstances. In most cases face-to-face lectures are recorded however, attendance is expected at both lectures and tutorials, as this is where the majority of learning occurs. Failure to attend may impact your final results. It is the responsibility of the student to contact their tutor by email to inform tutors if they are going to be absent. The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/.

Textbooks 

There are no specific textbooks for this unit.

Readings

The readings for each week will be listed on iLearn as required. For readings that are journal articles available electronically thorough the library it is your responsibility to find and download these. For readings that are chapters from a textbook and meet copyright restrictions they will be available on e-reserve as a PDF.

Other resources

Additional resources (e.g. statistics courses) will be available on iLearn.

Technology and equipment

On-campus

Teaching rooms are equipped with state of art audio-visual and ICT equipment including ipads,laptops, internet connection, high quality video cameras and multiple LCD screens. Students will use a range of physiotherapy specific equipment typically used in the assessment and management of people with a range of health conditions.

Off-campus

To study optimally when off campus you will need to have access to a reliable internet connection to retrieve unit information & at times to submit assessment tasks via iLearn.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate advanced skills in the methodology, analysis and critical appraisal of epidemiological studies, clinical trials, qualitative studies and experimental research
  • Prepare a research proposal in accordance with relevant regulatory and ethical requirements
  • Present and justify a research proposal which meets time and funding constraints

Assessment tasks

  • Project plan
  • Oral skills development

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss the national regulatory and ethical issues underpinning research in health care, in the context of NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
  • Work collaboratively with peers, staff and guest researchers to convene professional research seminars

Assessment tasks

  • Seminar Series
  • Project plan

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Demonstrate advanced skills in the methodology, analysis and critical appraisal of epidemiological studies, clinical trials, qualitative studies and experimental research

Assessment task

  • Project plan

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss the national regulatory and ethical issues underpinning research in health care, in the context of NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in the methodology, analysis and critical appraisal of epidemiological studies, clinical trials, qualitative studies and experimental research
  • Prepare a research proposal in accordance with relevant regulatory and ethical requirements
  • Present and justify a research proposal which meets time and funding constraints

Assessment tasks

  • Project plan
  • Oral skills development

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the contribution of high quality research to the advancement of physiotherapy practice and the profession
  • Work collaboratively with peers, staff and guest researchers to convene professional research seminars
  • Prepare a research proposal in accordance with relevant regulatory and ethical requirements
  • Present and justify a research proposal which meets time and funding constraints

Assessment tasks

  • Seminar Series
  • Project plan
  • Oral skills development

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the contribution of high quality research to the advancement of physiotherapy practice and the profession
  • Work collaboratively with peers, staff and guest researchers to convene professional research seminars
  • Discuss contemporary career pathways for physiotherapists that involve the conduct or leadership of physiotherapy research

Assessment task

  • Seminar Series

Changes from Previous Offering

In contrast to 2016, much of the teaching material has been moved from face-to-face content to online content.