APS600 Research in Paramedicine (32)

The emphasis in this subject is on introducing the research principles, core concepts and techniques associated with research in paramedicine. Students will learn research methods, proposal writing and how to complete an ethics application. There is a strong focus, supported by a progressive assessment structure, on an applied research process where students will address a real-world issue within paramedicine. In consultation with the Subject Coordinator and an approved supervisor, students will identify an area of research interest in paramedicine. They will undertake a project that can be either empirical research or an alternate form such as a systematic review. The students major project may result in a report, journal article, training program, policy recommendation or similar. Students may be able to perform their project work in their workplace if deemed appropriate.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS600. 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



Two sessions


School of Biomedical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of the body of knowledge, theory and practice in their area of research;
  • be able to undertake a systematic and critical review of the body of knowledge in their area of research, including any recent scientific, technical or technological advances;
  • be able to consider alternative research methodologies and analytical techniques for a chosen research question, and understand the advantages and disadvantages of each;
  • be able to investigate, manage and synthesise complex information, problems and concepts;
  • be able to develop and refine a research project for presentation in an acceptable format specific to the profession; and
  • be able to communicate theoretical propositions, methods, findings and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences specific to their area of research.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Evidence - Critical evaluation of the evidence, what it is and how to find it;
  • How to find the gaps in knowledge, and understanding and rationalising a research approach;
  • Research methods and approaches including: qualitative inquiry; case study; action research; phenomenography; observational research; and experimentation as examples;
  • Synthesising research evidence and formulating a research proposal;
  • Types of data collection tools and programs that assist with research;
  • Ethics, the value of ethics and how to prepare an ethics submission if required;
  • Building a research proposal; the important components;
  • Evidence translation - Translating your findings into meaningful outputs; and
  • Preparing to publish your work.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.