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CEPI5507: Clinical Epidemiology Project

The aim of this student-driven capstone unit is either: 1. to conduct a clinical epidemiology research project and to write a research report on the project in the form of a paper suitable for publication 2. to develop a grant proposal suitable for a peer-reviewed granting body, or 3. to conduct a teaching project to produce a teaching and learning resource. Research Project: A research project will involve: drafting and refining the project proposal; data collection; data analysis; and produce a report suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. This project unit is a capstone unit and student driven. It is the responsibility of the student to identify a suitable project and SPH supervisor, in consultation with a local clinical supervisor and the unit coordinator, based upon area of interest to the student. Feasibility is a critical criterion for selection of the topic given the tight time frame. Students who are unable to find a local research supervisor may contact the unit coordinator as a limited number of research projects may be offered. Grant proposal project: Each section of a grant proposal (Abstract, Aims, Background, Significance, Methods) will be discussed, with the student presenting and refining the corresponding section of his/her own proposal in a synchronous online workshop setting. This will be complemented by online presentations from experienced researchers on the practical aspects of clinical research. Topics include: observational studies, randomised controlled trials, diagnostic test evaluation, qualitative studies, economic evaluation, and process evaluation. The unit will conclude with a one-day, face-to-face, mandatory workshop where students will learn about budgeting, qualitative research, strategies and grant administration, research ethics and peer review of research grants. Teaching Project: A teaching project will involve development, teaching and evaluation of a teaching and learning resource equivalent to at least 9 hours of face-to-face teaching time, with a minimum of three hours of this to be delivered online. Supervision for a teaching project will be provided by a clinical epidemiology teaching team member. Supervision is flexible but will include face to face meetings, email and telephone support. For both projects a minimum of five meetings are required and to be organised by the student, including one at the beginning and one at the end of semester (five meetings with local supervisor and Unit Coordinator combined).

Code CEPI5507
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
(CEPI5100 or PUBH5010) and (PUBH5018 or FMHU5002)
CEPI5206 or CEPI5207

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Integrate learning from other units relevant to the development of research project and report (research projects and research grant projects)
  • LO2. Understand the practical and ethical issues involved in the conduct of clinical studies (research projects and research grant projects)
  • LO3. Develop a research proposal and report in a structured, concise, and scientifically robust manner (research projects and research grant projects)
  • LO4. Develop a teaching and learning resource in Clinical Epidemiology relevant to the target audience and setting (teaching projects)
  • LO5. Develop and use an assessment tool appropriate for the teaching and learning resource (teaching projects)
  • LO6. Develop and use a method of evaluation appropriate for the teaching and learning resource (teaching projects)
  • LO7. Understand the ethical approval, grant application, publication, budgeting, and the peer review process (research grant projects)

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.