Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course advances the student's understanding of health-related research methods and concepts. The course will explore human research ethics, qualitative research methods, and quantitative research methods. Students will read and critique both qualitative and quantitative published research.



  • Summer 2 - 2022
  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe ethical considerations pertaining to human research, and be able to apply knowledge of research ethics principles and processes to their own research proposal

2. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between common qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research methodologies

3. Evaluate the appropriateness of common qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research methodologies and research design issues, both from a theoretical principles and applied construct

4. Recognise the differences between research questions and a testable hypothesis relevant to their discipline of study, and demonstrate understanding of the differences based on critical appraisal of current literature.

5. Further develop critical appraisal skills for both qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research


1.     An ethical approach to research, research study design, and human research ethics processes

2.   Qualitative research principles and methods: including Ethnography, Phenomenology, Grounded Theory, Participant Action Research, Meta-Synthesis

3.   Quantitative research principles and methods; including hierarchy of evidence, Randomised Control Trials, Cohort Students, Cross-sectional Studies, Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

4.    Mixed methods research

5.    Review of, and advanced critical appraisal of, published literature


This course is only available to students who are active in one of the following programs: 10954, 11686, 11691, 12330, 12337, 12338, 12339, 40002, 40010 OR 40011.

Assumed knowledge

A completed degree in a relevant cognate discipline or completion of two years of a 4 year degree.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quizzes x 4

Online Learning Activity: Online submission and quizzes x 3

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 48 hour(s) per Term Full Term

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