1 x 50-minute supervised study monthly
1 x 33-hour project work weekly
Admission into MPARA-Master of Paramedic Science
Enrolment not permitted
PARA9006 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Research methodology
Project; seminar
Topic description
Topics PARA9007A undertaken consecutively with PARA9007B provide an opportunity to undertake independent scientific research or a practice-related project, with a focus on health care practices relevant to the extended scope of practice paramedic. The topics are designed to develop students' skills in research planning, methodology, evaluation and dissemination of project findings through an in-depth study of an area of personal professional interest. The project work shall demonstrate a substantial analysis of a problem identified in practice and a thorough understanding of the research methodology employed. The work is to be reported in a dissertation and an oral presentation.

Students are required to discuss their proposed research thesis with the topic coordinator. Students must enrol in and complete this topic and sequentially complete PARA9007B Research Thesis in Paramedic Practice B as both topics are taught and assessed as a continuum.
Educational aims
The topic aims to provide students with the skills necessary to produce evidence that may inform clinical practice. It will provide students with an opportunity to plan and implement an independent research project in the area of interest to the student's own practice. Students will explore the principles of scientific research design, ethics and data analysis. The topic will assist students in interpreting findings of their research, and developing skills and application in scientific writing and presentation.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic and the consecutive topic PARA9007B, students will be expected to be able to:

  • In collaboration with a supervisor, negotiate a research study or practice-related project relevant to the student’s practice setting

  • Formulate a research proposal that is relevant, effective and achievable within the given timeframe

  • Where appropriate, prepare an ethics proposal in line with recommended research on human subjects

  • Critically review the published literature and research reports in the area of interest

  • Develop a study protocol which will effectively collect and analysis data

  • Interpret research findings and describe significance to the discipline

  • Effectively communicate the research in the form of a written research dissertation and an oral presentation.