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HLSC41-141: Research Preparation and Design January 2019 [Mixed (Face-to-Face)]

General information

This subject is designed to provide the framework and skills necessary for Honours students to successfully commence a research project in the Health Sciences. Students will work closely with the Honours convenor and individual project supervisors to develop their research topic, formulate their aims and hypotheses and consider the significance of the project. Workshops will enable students to search for and retrieve, interpret and begin to critically evaluate the relevant literature in their field. Research ethics processes will be discussed and debated, and students will be assisted to complete ethics applications where appropriate for their study. Students will also review various research design strategies and identify appropriate methods for conducting their project and analysing their expected data. Finally, students will be supported to prepare and present a detailed research proposal to the Faculty.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:HLSC41-141
Subject title:Research Preparation and Design
Subject level:Honours
Semester/Year:January 2019
Credit points:15

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:

Mixed (Face-to-Face)

Attendance and learning activities: A mixture of group and individual sessions, including lectures, workshops and online resources


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students
  • Students on US Financial Aid
  • Students on a Student Visa who have already completed one third (33%) of their total program online.

Only available if admitted into Health Sciences & Medicine Honours Degree

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Independently undertake and present a comprehensive literature review relevant to the project of study
  2. Design, plan and commence a research project
  3. Communicate to a diverse audience, the background, plan and any interim results of the research project.
  4. Conduct research within ethical frameworks in individual and team environments to achieve high level outcomes


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Literature Review The students will undertake a review of the literature relevant to their research project, and present this as a written literature review, thereby gaining a thorough understanding of the field and further developing skills in scientific writing and critical evaluation. 60% Week 10 1, 3.
Written Proposal Students will produce a detailed description of the planned project. This will enable development of a solid understanding of the significance of the project, experimental design, the methodology to be used, the types of data that will be generated, the analytical methods to be used and the ethics and subject requirements 40% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

An overview of ethical requirements and governance in human and animal research

2, 4.

Workshops on effectively searching the literature and managing resources (EndNote), as well as scientific writing

1, 3.

Covers the main types of quantitative study design


Covers the concept of peer review in publishing, research dissemination and grant proposals

2, 3.

This sessions covers the key aspects involved in writing a research proposal

2, 3.
Approved on: Oct 30, 2018. Edition: 2.3