HLT506 Health Master's Proposal (8)

This subject builds on the knowledge gained in HLT505 or BMS500 by providing students with the opportunity to develop their research question using a selected qualitative or quantitative methodology. After receiving approval for the proposed research topic, students will complete a comprehensive literature review, followed by development of their research question and preparation of a human ethical approval application for submission to a properly constituted Institutional Ethics Committee. This proposal will form the basis of research subsequently undertaken in HLT508 (Health Master's Project) or HLT509 (Health Master's Dissertation).


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HLT506. 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



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to postgraduate and honours students in health

Incompatible Subjects

BMS508, HLT515, PHM508

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify the key steps in research planning;
  • gain approval for the proposed research topic;
  • prepare a review of the relevant literature on the selected research topic;
  • develop a defence for a selected research topic;
  • propose and justify a methodological approach;
  • identify and utilise material relevant to a research activity;
  • prepare a detailed research proposal;
  • identify the key ethical considerations in human research;
  • prepare and submit an application for human ethical approval to a properly constituted Institutional Ethics Committee.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Planning research Narrowing the focus Reviewing the literature and submission of a formal literature review. The place of theory Qualitative considerations Interviews Focus groups Questionnaire design Participant observation Statistical software Research funding sources Strategies for improving grant access Ethics in human research Informed consent Coercion Anonymity and confidentiality Risk benefit and analysis Storage of data Institutional ethics committees Synthesis of the above concepts to produce a proposal and associated ethics application

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HLT506 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Literature review report
Research proposal
Ethics proposal

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.