PAEDIAT 4210A - Honours Paediatrics Research Project T/Y Continuing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

This course is designed for students to develop specific knowledge and skills in a chosen research field as well as general skills in working independently, critical reasoning, scientific writing and presentation. Students undertake a research project. The overall objective of the program is for students to demonstrate a deep understanding and interpretation of their subject area and the ability to clearly and thoroughly present their project.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PAEDIAT 4210A
    Course Honours Paediatrics Research Project T/Y Continuing
    Coordinating Unit Paeds & Repro Hlth
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Corequisites SPRH 4300
    Restrictions Only available to students in Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) or Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)
    Course Description This course is designed for students to develop specific knowledge and skills in a chosen research field as well as general skills in working independently, critical reasoning, scientific writing and presentation. Students undertake a research project. The overall objective of the program is for students to demonstrate a deep understanding and interpretation of their subject area and the ability to clearly and thoroughly present their project.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Amy Broad

    Course coordinator: Dr Kathy Gatford
    +61 8313 4158

    Please see combined Honours MyUni pages for details of additional teaching staff.
    Course Timetable

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

    Detailed timetable information will be provided via MyUni
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Conceive, develop and execute an experiment or series of experiments to answer a novel research question, under the guidance of a research supervisor.
    2. Conduct research using basic research techniques and the scientific method appropriately.
    3. Collect, store, and maintain experimental data and research records rigorously and methodically in accordance with the Australian Code for Responsible Practice of Research.
    4. Identify and evaluate methodological issues and define the important elements required to solve them.
    5. Critically interpret and evaluate the background literature, the methodology used and the results obtained in a research context.
    6. Communicate scientific information including research context, approach, findings and significance clearly and concisely in written and spoken English.
    7. Work effectively in groups and individually in a research setting.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    No single textbook covers the material to be considered during this course. All students are required to locate and evaluate the literature that is relevant to their project. This will primarily consist of peer-reviewed literature journal articles relevant to the area of the research project.

    Course material including submission of assessment will be provided and managed via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning
    Resources to support research projects will be provided via MyUni. Assessments will be submitted on-line.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students will work within research groups to develop, conduct and evaluate individual research projects, and to prepare written and oral presentations, which will be presented to peers and assessors.Research activities will initially be carried out with direct supervision of the supervisor and/or other research laboratory members but is expected to progress to performing independent work under broad or no direct supervision.

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

    4200 Paediatrics Research Project (Honours) is a 21 unit course undertaken across both semesters, equating to an average 36.75 hours per week workload including time spent on the research project and preparation of assessment tasks (seminars, critical literature review and thesis). Part-time students are expected to undertake a half-time load (18.4 h/week)
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students are expected to spend an average of 36.75 hours/week (full-time students; 18.4 hours/week expected from part-time
    students) planning, conducting and evaluating their research projects, in addition to time preparing written proposal, literature review, seminars and thesis. Students are expected to plan and manage timetabling of their projects, in consultation with research group members and supervisors.
    Specific Course Requirements

    Enrolment of students from the MBBS program requires prior approval from the MBBS curriculum committee.

    Out-of-hours work, police check, vaccinations or field work may be required for specific research projects.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course comprises a small group discovery experience. Students work with research-active supervisors to develop and complete a research project which develops new knowledge.
  • 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



    Learning course objective(s) being addressed






    Written research proposal








    Research proposal seminar








    Critical Literature Review








    Research progress seminar














    Final seminar










    Assessment Related Requirements
    No additional requirements.
    Assessment Detail

    Four summative assessment tasks are designed to evaluate and provide feedback on students’ acquired skills relating to research aptitude and knowledge of their field, as well as written and verbal presentation style.

    1. Critical Literature Review (written 3000 words plus Research proposal, 20%).

    Students discuss and critically appraise the 10-15 papers most salient to their project.

    1. Research Progress Seminar (5%)

    Oral presentation of 15 mins followed by 5 mins of questions.

    1. Thesis (5000 words, 55%)

    Manuscript style presentation of research project results. Emphasis of assessment for this component will focus on demonstrated aptitude for problem solving, technical skills and accomplishments. Journal styles should be nominated by each student in consultation with the supervisor.

    1. Final Seminar (20 minute oral presentation followed by 10 mins of questions 20%)

    Oral presentation and "Defence" of the year's experimental project.

    Feedback and marks will be returned to students within 3 weeks of submission of each task or seminar, in order to provide formative feedback throughout the year.

    Written assessment tasks (thesis and critical literature review) should be submitted via Email to by 5pm on the due date, as a .doc, .docx or PDF file. When assignments are submitted they will automatically be checked for plagiarism through the TurnItIn database on MyUni, which also includes copies of previously submitted work.

    Slides for seminars should be submitted to the SPRH Learning and Teaching Email above by 5pm on day prior to the scheduled seminar. Students are reminded to also bring a copy of their seminar to their session on USB, and should be present at least 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time to check slides.

    Extensions to submission dates may be granted for medical/personal reasons at the discretion of the course coordinator. Assignments will not be able to be resubmitted.
    Course Grading

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

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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.

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