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 complete an individual project whereby they will develop reflective work practices, self-management and project management skills. Students will be given the choice of conducting a charity project in their local community or taking part in a student-mentoring program, students are expected to contribute at least 60 hours of work outside of class time on this independent project. This unit is a capstone task for the course.

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HBD2201 - Dermal Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Design a high quality research project as part of a group;  
  2. Critically evaluate a research proposal as part of a group;  
  3. Compose a high quality ethics application as part of a group;  
  4. Individually design and complete a work project;  
  5. Monitor and develop self-reflective work practices.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Multiple Choice Test covering the application of applicable research guidelines such as NHMRC and ARC research guidelines. (40 minutes) 10%
Portfolio Submission of an ethics application on a research project (2500 words equivalent per student) 40%
Project Students will present the development of a self-managed project (3000 words equivalent) 50%

Required reading

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

Scientific writing 2.0: a reader and writer's guide 1st ed.
Lebrun, J. L. (2011)
New Jersey: World Scientific.

Project management: a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling 11th ed.
Kerzner, H. (2013)
Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Writing scientific research articles strategy and steps 2nd ed.
Cargill, M. (2013)
Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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