HSC705 Health Science Portfolio and Exegesis (32)

This subject is the final stage of the research/investigation component of the Doctor of Health Science. It is the culmination of the students' investigation/research of their professional practice and its context. Students prepare a portfolio with exegesis showing how their investigation has led to (or will lead to) changes in work practices and/or advancement of knowledge. The portfolio will be prepared under the guidance of the principal supervisor,who will incorporate results (eg. publications/reports etc) prepared as part of HSC703 and be assessed externally in accordance with University regulations.

As an AQF level  10 subject, students will be expected to display systematic and critical understanding of a specific discipline in their chosen area of professional practice. The graduate will be a leading expert and practitioner in their field of research.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSC705. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



2 sessions pt minimum, 6 sessions pt maximum


Faculty of Science

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Doctor of Health Science course



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate an expert level of theoretical knowledge and be able to critically reflect on that knowledge and its application
  • Be able to systematically and critically evaluate relevant literature, philosophical approaches, data collection and apply analysis techniques in the broad research field
  • Be able to develop a research hypothesis or question that is soundly embedded in the context of the current body of knowledge in the field
  • Be able to demonstrate research, analytical, critical, reflection and communication skills through research outcomes such as seminar presentations, publications and portfolio/exegesis submissions
  • Be able to apply their knowledge and expertise to write and submit a portfolio and exegesis in accordance with CSU guidelines and expectations
  • Be able to demonstrate independent study and problem solving skills


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Undertake an individual health science based research project in a chosen area of professional practice
  • Deliver presentations of the research outcomes
  • Prepare and submit for assessment a professional portfolio on an area of research/investigation, under the guidance of their supervisors. The portfolio will be the culmination of their investigation/research and show how the study has influenced the profession, for example by changes in work practices or advancement of knowledge. All previously prepared publications and reports will be incorporated into the portfolio.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.