• Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Medical Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Introduction to Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (MEDN8002)

This course will provide students with the foundational knowledge to understand the principles and practice of clinical research. The lecture and tutorial based course has five modules:

  • History of Clinical Research
  • Statistical methods
  • Ethical Issues and Regulation of Human Subject Research
  • Monitoring Patient-Oriented Research and Regulatory Issues
  • Preparing and Funding a Clinical Research Study 
Note that course enrollment will be for semester 2, but the lectures and tutorials run from October to March. This is required so that students can actively participate in the live electronic lectures and discussions web-cast from the NIH Clinical Center.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students will be expected to:

  • understand appropriate statistical techniques and be able to apply these to clinical research questions
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding and awareness of the the ethical issues of human subject research
  • demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the monitoring and regulation of clinical research
  • be able to develop a clinical research proposal
  • acquire advanced written and oral communication skills

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial tests 20%

Research proposal 40%

Exam 40% 

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The workload is 5-6 contact hours per week (2-3 hours of lectures with each lecture followed by a one hour tutorial). Students will be expected to spend an equivalent period in self-directed study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the John Curtin School of Medical Research to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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