Capstone Project



Our 48 credit point Masters course, M6033, has been designed with an increased emphasis on a progression through the units, culminating in a Capstone Project which aims to consolidate all prior learning and pull together all learning objectives.

This project provides the opportunity for individual creativity as per Monash Graduate Attributes and the Australian Qualifications Framework (level 9).

To recap, the learning objectives for the overall Master course are:

  • Provide clinicians with information to care for the growing complexity of surgical patients.
  • Provide a greater understanding of the importance and functioning of the pre-admission clinic.
  • Equip the perioperative physician to risk stratify and optimise care of the patient in the perioperative period.
  • Collaboratively manage the patient in the perioperative period, in particular the perioperative management of patients with chronic medical illnesses and other organ dysfunction.
  • Equip the perioperative physician with the managerial skills to lead a multidisciplinary perioperative management team.
  • Equip the perioperative physician with basic research skills to further perioperative medicine research.

In order to increase the flexibility, we offer to students we have decided to split the capstone unit into 2 units, each worth 6 credit points. From Semester 1, 2020, we are introducing two new 6 credit point core units to replace POM5104.

Please note that this is primarily a change in course structure:

  • POM5105 will contain the 6 learning modules previously offered in 5104 and allow time for working on the capstone project. Go to POM5105
  • POM5106 will allow you to devote time to completion and submission of the capstone project. Go to POM5106
  • As said, the units are worth 6 credit points each. They can be done concurrently with a similar workload to the current unit 5104.
  • For increased flexibility, they can also be done in separate semesters BUT POM5106 must be completed in your last semester of enrollment.

The two new units will be offered to all students enrolled in Course M6033, and to those students enrolled in Course M6027 who have chosen the course variation to complete the course via this pathway.

The other significant change is the introduction of a learning journey platform ( from 2020. We encourage all students to start thinking about, and working on, their capstone project as early as possible. Within the PebblePad platform you will be able to access an online workbook to help guide you through your project - from proposal to completion and submission. Completion of this workbook will comprise part of the assessment tasks of the two new units, POM5105 and 5106. More detail on this, including instructional videos, will be provided shortly.


Capstone project

The final capstone project will be a 6000 word report, or equivalent. Students will be encouraged to plan their capstone as they progress through the course. The initial proposal submission will be part of the assessment (5%) and will need to be completed by week 2 of Unit POM5106. Proposal submission will be via the PebblePad workbook.

It will be possible for it to be submitted earlier, even before enrolling in Unit POM5106, with the credits for assessment saved for the unit.

The capstone must relate to the candidate’s own practice e.g. plans for implementing change at their local hospital or in their practice./p>


Capstone Unit Framework

There will possibly be the option to work in pairs or groups subject to the appropriate approval of a suitable proposal.

This will be a much more challenging area than any of our current assessments but there will be comprehensive guidelines and suggestions. Suggestions for appropriate projects will include (but are not limited to):

  • Audit – meeting SQUIRE 2.0 criteria
  • Design of iSAP – with full story board preparation and maybe preliminary materials. (examples will be provided from other courses)
  • Design, construction and proposed implementation of educational material or information for patients/staff, etc. – possible areas to address - communication around race, gender, indigenous patients, refugees, developing world, mental illness.
  • A proposal for change at the candidate’s institution – including evidence, presentation to management, costings and initial implementation plan, e.g. change relating to patient blood management, cervical spine trauma, etc.
  • Proposal for introduction of a perioperative medicine service at the candidate’s institution – with similar criteria to above.
Note: Videos and other visual material may be acceptable as part of the submission with word count adjusted accordingly – with prior approval.

Ask a question

For more information, or to discuss potential project ideas, please contact Course Convenor Dr. Jamie Smart