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    A supervised research project up to 10,000 words involving the development, implementation and reporting of an original topic in the student’s area of professional interest.

    A broad range of research options are available that enable students to prepare for and engage in research without leaving home. Please contact the department to express interest prior to enrolling for this paper

    About this paper

    Paper title Research Project
    Subject Aviation Medicine
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    AVMX 780
    Limited to
    MAvMed, MHealSc, PGDipAeroRT, PGDipAvMed, PGDipOccMed

    Healthcare professionals currently employed, or interested in work, in the aviation medicine industry.

    If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

    Teaching staff
    Course Director: Julie Myers

    Teaching staff consist solely of the student's supervisor(s). Generally, only one supervisor is required; however, in some instances a second co-supervisor may be appropriate. Supervisory arrangements are approved by the programme Convenor through the 'research proposal approval' process.
    Paper Structure
    AVME 780 begins with the student identifying the topic they want to research and finding a supervisor. A research proposal is prepared (in consultation with the supervisor) and submitted for approval. Once the proposal is approved, the student undertakes the project as outlined in the proposal. Regular meetings with the supervisor are expected. A final research report (of up to 10,000 words) is submitted for marking at the end of the semester. The report is marked by two independent markers who submit their recommendations to the Convenor; the Convenor determines the final result.
    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    A Supervision Memorandum of Understanding (establishing responsibilities, expectations, timelines, etc for both student and supervisor) is to be prepared at the beginning of the project. A 'Guide to the Master's Research Project for Students and Supervisors' is available from postgraduate programme administrators.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Research resources will vary depending on the research project involved and should be discussed with the supervisor.
    Course outline

    The research project is relatively limited in scope and typically involves a systematic review, pilot study, audit or case study. The project is planned, conducted and reported by the student under the supervision of an academic member of staff in the programme in which the student is studying. The research project is completed (from proposal to final submission) in one semester.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, ethics, information literacy, research, self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate the ability:

    • To develop a research proposal to address a research question
    • To carry out independent research with supervisory support
    • To critically analyse relevant literature, data and theoretical concepts
    • To build a coherent argument by synthesising existing knowledge, theory and original reflection
    • To communicate research outcomes effectively in writing


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system

    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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