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PHTY8306 – Research Project and Seminar

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor & research supervisor
Verity Pacey
Academic mentor & research supervisor
Emre Ilhan
Academic mentor & research supervisor
Karen Peebles
Research Supervisor
Lindsey Mc Caffrey
Research Supervisor
Taryn Jones
Research Supervisor
Kathryn Mills
Research Supervisor
Joel Fuller
Research Supervisor
Kelly Gray
Research Supervisor
Mitchell Sarkies
Research Supervisor
Laura Brown
Research Supervisor
Jodie Wills
Research Supervisor
Prashant Jhala
Research Supervisor
Michael Doumit
Research Supervisor
Sharon Czerniec
Research Supervisor
Mark Hancock
Academic mentor
Joanne Glinsky
Taryn Jones
Credit points Credit points
20
Prerequisites Prerequisites
PHTY819 or PHTY8303
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit will extend your research skills to successfully undertake and complete a research project, demonstrating the capacity to generate new knowledge and apply existing knowledge to answer a question relevant to physiotherapy. Working closely with a research supervisor you will integrate your professional, clinical and research skills to collect, evaluate and analyse data, and then interpret and disseminate the results.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Implement appropriate research methodology, skills and data analysis strategies to answer a research question relevant to physiotherapy practice and/or healthcare. (Scientist and Scholar)
  • ULO2: Work effectively, independently and cooperatively with peers, academics and/or clinicians in a collaborative research environment to successfully complete a research project. (Professional)
  • ULO3: Effectively reflect and discuss research processes and communicate research findings in a professional manner. (Professional)
  • ULO4: Apply both independent and collaborative strategies to advance your research knowledge and skills relevant to your research project. (Scientist and Scholar)

General Assessment Information

Information concerning Macquarie University's assessment policy is available at https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/assessment . Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading requirements are contained in Schedule 1 of the Macquarie University Assessment Policy.

To pass this unit, you must demonstrate sufficient evidence of achievement of the unit learning outcomes.

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 the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences Assessment Committee, and are approved by the Faculty Board. They are not the sole responsibility of the Unit Convenor. You will be awarded an Assessment Grade 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.

 

Grading of Assessments

You will receive a grade for each assessment within this unit. The grades awarded will reflect a holistic evaluation of the work against the criteria outlined within the corresponding assessment rubric. Numerical marks will be calculated for each assessment based on the following percentages, and rounded to the nearest full mark:

  • High distinction (HD) – 95%
  • Distinction (D) – 80%
  • Credit (C) – 70%
  • Pass (P) – 60%
  • Fail (F) – 40%

 

Extensions for Assessment Tasks

Applications for assessment task extensions may be considered for short-term, unexpected, serious, and unavoidable circumstances affecting assessment. Applications must be submitted via www.ask.mq.edu.au . For further details please refer to the Special Considerations Policy available at https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

 

Late Submission of Work

All assignments which are officially received after the due date, and where no extension has been granted by the Unit Convenor, may incur a deduction of 10% of the overall assessment weighting for the first day, and 10% for each subsequent day, including the actual day on which the work is received. Assessments received 5 days or more beyond the due date, without an approved extension, will be awarded a maximum of 50% of the overall assessment marks. 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
Research Manuscript 40% No Tues June 15th (week 15)
Research participation blog 10% No Tues June 15th (week 15)
Research skill development and reflection 20% No A - Thurs April 1st (week 7); B - Fri June 18th (week 15)
Oral Presentation 30% No Fri June 25th (week 16)

Research Manuscript

Assessment Type 1: Thesis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 75 hours
Due: Tues June 15th (week 15)
Weighting: 40%

 

You will present your completed research project in the form of a manuscript as if for submission to a journal.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Implement appropriate research methodology, skills and data analysis strategies to answer a research question relevant to physiotherapy practice and/or healthcare. (Scientist and Scholar)
  • Work effectively, independently and cooperatively with peers, academics and/or clinicians in a collaborative research environment to successfully complete a research project. (Professional)
  • Effectively reflect and discuss research processes and communicate research findings in a professional manner. (Professional)
  • Apply both independent and collaborative strategies to advance your research knowledge and skills relevant to your research project. (Scientist and Scholar)

Research participation blog

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Tues June 15th (week 15)
Weighting: 10%

 

You will provide evidence of effective participation in research project processes.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Work effectively, independently and cooperatively with peers, academics and/or clinicians in a collaborative research environment to successfully complete a research project. (Professional)
  • Effectively reflect and discuss research processes and communicate research findings in a professional manner. (Professional)
  • Apply both independent and collaborative strategies to advance your research knowledge and skills relevant to your research project. (Scientist and Scholar)

Research skill development and reflection

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: A - Thurs April 1st (week 7); B - Fri June 18th (week 15)
Weighting: 20%

 

Provide evidence of advanced skill development and reflect on your performance in an online forum with peers and academic staff.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Work effectively, independently and cooperatively with peers, academics and/or clinicians in a collaborative research environment to successfully complete a research project. (Professional)
  • Effectively reflect and discuss research processes and communicate research findings in a professional manner. (Professional)
  • Apply both independent and collaborative strategies to advance your research knowledge and skills relevant to your research project. (Scientist and Scholar)

Oral Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Fri June 25th (week 16)
Weighting: 30%

 

You will deliver an oral presentation of your research findings.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Implement appropriate research methodology, skills and data analysis strategies to answer a research question relevant to physiotherapy practice and/or healthcare. (Scientist and Scholar)
  • Effectively reflect and discuss research processes and communicate research findings in a professional manner. (Professional)

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Assumed knowledge

This unit build upon and assumes that you have a good understanding of all content delivered in Advanced Research Training (PHTY8303). 

 

Teaching and Learning Strategy 

There are no specific lectures for this unit. Your research projects are intended to comprise a substantial body of independent work.  You will meet with your research supervisors on a regularly basis, either individually or in a group, to discuss your research. You will also interact with academic staff and your peers online through forums and blog posts. Writing feedback sessions and online assessment support will also be available throughout the unit. 

 

Unit Organisation 

This is a 20 credit point unit. 

 

Unit materials and readings 

Any generic information related to research and assessment, such as presentation guidelines, will be posted 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. You will have access to a range of physiotherapy specific equipment if required for use in your research projects.

Off-campus

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

 

Consultation with staff 

All staff will be available for individual consultation. See iLearn for contact details and times.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/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/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) 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 or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@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 help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

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

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@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.

Changes from Previous Offering

This is the iteration of the Special Circumstances offering for this unit. The final oral presentation will be a joint session with the MD students for the first time in 2021. Nil other changes from the previous offering.