Research Methodology and Design

Course code HLSC4120Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course advances the student's understanding of selected research methods and concepts. All students complete core content, advanced critical appraisal skills, research ethics, research protocol design, qualitative and quantitative research.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, the student should be able to:
1. Describe ethical considerations pertaining to human research and be able to apply knowledge of research ethics to their own research proposal.
2. Describe, discuss and evaluate common qualitative/ quantitative research methodologies and design issues.
3. Generate a research question/ testable hypothesis relevant to their discipline of study based on emerging knowledge critical appraisal of current literature.
4. Interpret basic statistical analysis of data relevant to the methodology used in its collection.
5. Become familiar with frameworks for critical appraisal of an article.
Content1. Review and advanced critical appraisal of literature
2. An ethical approach to study design
3. Elements of a research protocol design and the development a research question
4. Quantitative study design
5. Qualitative study design
6. Basic biostatistical methods
TransitionThere are no transitional arrangements required
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeA completed degree in a relevant cognate discipline or completion of two years of a 4 year degree.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Examination: Class4 online minitests - meets course objectives 1,2,3,4
Essays / Written Assignments2 written assignments on a selected topic - meets course objective 5
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 24 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBy enrolment
B Nursing (Hons)
B Nutrition and Dietetics
B Occupational Therapy
B Physiotherapy
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for HLSC4120