SURGERY 7008OL - Min Inv Surgery Research & Development I

Online - Quadmester 1 - 2014

This course encourages students to carry out their own research into relevant topics within minimally invasive surgery. At the end of the course they will have researched and identified a suitable research project which is suitable for submission to an ethics committee.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SURGERY 7008OL
    Course Min Inv Surgery Research & Development I
    Coordinating Unit Surgery
    Term Quadmester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 1 hour per week
    Corequisites SURGERY 7007OL
    Restrictions Available to MMIS students only
    Course Description This course encourages students to carry out their own research into relevant topics within minimally invasive surgery. At the end of the course they will have researched and identified a suitable research project which is suitable for submission to an ethics committee.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Peter Hewett

    Additional Academic Staff

    Name Phone Email Location
    Mr (Chrys) Indran Chrysantha Sri Lal Hensman MBBS (Hons) FRACS 03 9760 2777 chris.hensman@adelaide.edu.au Melbourne
    Mr Alex Karatassas MBBS, FRACS 08 8222 6750 alex.karatassas@adelaide.edu.au The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    Dr Dinesh TrehanMBBS, MS (Gen.Surg), DNB (Gen.Surg)FRACGP, FRACS 08 8182 9000 dinesh.trehan@adelaide.edu.au Royal Adelaide Hospital
    Dr. Santosh Antony 0lakkengil, MBBS, DNB (Gen.Surg.), M.MinInvSu.(Aus), FIAGES 08 8123 6826 santosh.olakkengil@adelaide.edu.au Royal Adelaide Hospital

    Administrative Contact

    Name Phone Email Location
    Sally Lauder 08 8222 7024 sally.lauder@health.sa.gov.au The Queen Elizabeth Hospital



    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Understand the nature of clinical research.
    2 Be aware of the ethical conduct of research.
    3 Explore the area of research fraud.
    4 Prepare a draft research proposal and the associated ethics submission for review.
    5 Submit finalised ethics submission to local ethics committee for consideration.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    •    Students will require access to a computer and the internet.
    •    All learning resources will be delivered online with online tutorials consisting of links to text, video and websites delivering relevant content.
    Recommended Resources
    All learning resources will be delivered online with online tutorials consisting of links to text, video and website delivering relevant content.
    Online Learning
    Colloquy will provide the online learning system for students via LEARN http://www.learn.adelaide.edu.au/login/index.php

    Once students have successfully enrolled with the University they can access the LEARN site where they will be attending their classes, viewing assignments, joining discussion forums and linking up with professors and fellow students.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Online tutorials will give the basis for the development of a research project and the way to make an effective submission to an ethics committee.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Type No of Sessions Duration of Sessions (hrs) Total Hours
    Online tutorials 10 2 20
    Project design/study 10 5 50
    Literature review 10 4 40
    Reading/study time 10 4 40
    Tutorial preparation 10 1 10
    TOTAL workload per term 160
    Learning Activities Summary
    Term 1

    Week Topic Lecture
    1 Why research? This topic introduces students to medical research on a general level.
    2 Research and ethics This topic covers research and ethics including the history of medical ethics.  Issues include:
    •    Why we have to submit research projects to an ethics committee?
    •    Ethical dilemmas and how we go about resolving them?Column cell
    3 Research and ethics
    4 Research proposal This topic helps to ensure students successfully formulate and submit a draft research proposal for comments. Column cell
    5 Research proposal
    6 Research topics ethics submission This topic helps to ensure students formulate a draft ethics submission and submit for comment.Column cell
    7 Research topics ethics submission
    8 Collaborative research This topic covers ideas for a collaborative research project. This project may take many forms such as: review articles, questionnaires, collaborative clinical projects, retrospective data base reviews or innovation as related to clinical procedures or instrumentation.
    9 Collaborative research
    10 Final submission This topic will see students complete the appropriate ethics submission to the local ethics committee.


    Specific Course Requirements
    In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

    Professional requirements:
    •    Students must be an experienced surgeon who has completed, or be within 1 year of completing, the FRACS, FRACOG (or equivalent).
    •    Students should have a surgical fellowship or consultant position with a major interest in minimally invasive surgery.

    Visa requirements:
    •    Permanent residency or citizenship - to be a domestic applicant,
    •    or hold a Temporary Business (Long Stay) Visa (Subclass 457) – to be an International applicant.
    •    Students must be resident in Australia.

    Work placement:
    Students should have a surgical fellowship or consultant position with a major interest in minimally invasive surgery. This surgical position is not automatically offered with the Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery and students are personally responsible for obtaining a suitable position.  Job dates should coincide with the University of Adelaide quadmester dates.  
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Compulsory input into online discussion forum
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary


    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Discussion group/contribution and participation Participation 20% 1-5
    Draft reseach project Summative 40% 1-5
    Ethics committee submission Summative 40% 15-
    Assessment Related Requirements
    All tutorials and workshops are compulsory
    Assessment Detail
    Overall assessment details:
    •    Discussion / group contribution and participation on specific issues accounts for 20% of the overall assessment.
    •    Submission of the draft research project accounts for 40% of the overall assessment.
    •    Submission to an ethics committee accounts for 40% of the overall assessment.

    Individual assessment tasks:
    Discussion of no less than 2,000 words in total on the following issues:
    •    Describe the different types of medical research and the pros and cons of each type.
    •    Discuss with your classmates ideas for a collaborative research project. This project may take many forms such as: review articles, questionnaires, collaborative clinical projects, retrospective database reviews or innovation as related to clinical procedures or instrumentation.
    •    Submission of draft project for review:
    (Submission of this assignment is required to successfully pass this course)
    1.    Hypothesis (should be clearly stated)
    2.    Introduction
    3.    Methods
    4.    Resources required
    5.    Funding issues
    6.    Timetable
    7.    Barriers to completion  
    •    Submit finalised ethics committee submission document.
    (Submission of this assignment is required to successfully pass this course)
    Submission
    •    All submissions relating to tutorials will be delivered online via Colloquy’s online system.
    •    Examination location and date will be communicated by Program Coordinator and/or Program Administrator.
    •    Exam result turnaround time will be a maximum of 14 days.
    •    Any queries relating to classroom contribution can be discussed directly with ProgramCoordinator.
    •    Students should refer to the University’s Academic Honesty and Assessment Obligations for Coursework Students Policy & Coursework Students: Academic Dishonesty Procedures for information regarding written submissions:
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/230/?dsn=policy.document;field=data;id=239;m=view
    •    Students should contact the Program Coordinator if:
    o    They are unable to complete their tutorial obligations;
    o    They are unable to attend an examination;
    o    They are unable to attend the clinical immersion workshop;
    o    They are unable to meet any deadlines that are set during the course.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
    Academic:                     

    Professor Peter Hewett                 
    Program Coordinator                 
    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital            
    Email:  peter.hewett@health.sa.gov.au         
    Phone:  08 8222 6248

    Professor Guy Maddern
    Program Director
    Head of Discipline, Surgery
    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    Email:  guy.maddern@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone:  08 8222 8492 (Departmental Secretary)


    Administrative:
    Ms Sally Lauder
    Program Administrator
    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    Email:  sally.lauder@health.sa.gov.au
    Phone:  08 8222 7024
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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