Available in 2018

Course handbook

Description

This course will introduce students to the various approaches to conducting research in health care. Students will learn about study planning and design and will develop an awareness of important considerations in study design. Students will also learn to review and critique published research and reviews of published studies.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Trimester 1 - 2018
  • Trimester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the purpose of undertaking research in health care

2. Develop health care research questions and select study designs and research processes that are suitable for answering them.

3. Outline the components of quantitative, qualitative and mixed method study designs.

4. Identify and describe important considerations in study design including: ethical implications and vulnerable populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and ensuring rigour in research.

5. Develop a basic research plan for a clinical study.

6. Review and critically evaluate a published study or literature review using a recognised critical appraisal instrument.


Content

This course is presented as the following modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to research in health care
  • Module 2: Quantitative study design
  • Module 3: Qualitative study design
  • Module 4: Mixed methods study design
  • Module 5: Literature reviews

Assumed knowledge

Foundational knowledge in the critical appraisal and utilisation of research; including quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches, to inform professional practice. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation and expertise using 'Endnote' or similar reference database management program.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assessment *

Written Assignment: Research Plan *

Written Assignment: Critical Appraisal Literature Review *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours

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Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1