This capstone unit seeks to develop a student's capacity to design research, prepare for postgraduate research, work in groups and self-manage projects. With the help of a nominated supervisor, students will be guided through the processes of developing a research project with specific emphasis on appropriate research design, development of a research proposal and obtaining ethics approval. While students will work in groups on the research project, the research they choose will be expected to be at a post-graduate research level, and their ethics document will be submitted to the appropriate Victoria University ethics committee as required. Students will also design an individual project whereby they will develop reflective work practices, self-management and project management skills, to be completed as part of HBD4204.

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HBD2201 - Dermal Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate a research proposal;  
  2. Design appropriate research proposals including relevant methodology;  
  3. Identify ethical issues and considerations related to research;  
  4. Plan an independent project aligned to dermal professional contexts; and  
  5. Demonstrate ability to self-manage tasks and participate effectively within a group.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online multiple-choice test covering the application of applicable research guidelines such as NHMRC and ARC research guidelines. 10%
Assignment Group ethics application on a research project and peer/self-evaluation. (30mins) 60%
Presentation Individual project plans (600 words) and pitch (10mins) 30%

Required reading

Please note, some of these titles are available online from the library and do not need to be purchased.

Project management: a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling 12th ed.
Kerzner, H. (2017)
Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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