Research Methodology and Design

Course code HLSC4120
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course advances the student's understanding of selected research methods and concepts.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise the similarities and differences between common qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research methodologies.

2. Describe, discuss and evaluate common qualitative/ quantitative research methodologies and design issues.

3. Describe ethical considerations pertaining to human research and be able to apply knowledge of research ethics to their own research proposal.

4. Generate a research question/testable hypothesis relevant to their discipline of study based on emerging knowledge critical appraisal of current literature.

5. Further develop critical appraisal skills.


  1. Quantitative research methods
  2. Qualitative research methods
  3. Mixed methods research
  4. An ethical approach to study design
  5. Review and advanced critical appraisal of literature


This course is only available to students who are active in B Nursing (Hons), B Health Sci (Hons), B Nutrition & Dietetics (Hons), B Occ Therapy (Hons) or B Physiotherapy (Hons) and the B MRS (Hons) programs.

Assumed Knowledge

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

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Online examinations x 4

Written Assignment: Assignment

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact Hours


Online Activity

Online 24 hour(s) per Term

Moderated discussion board available through Blackboard