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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Enables students to critically appraise a range of quantitative research methodologies and approaches, and to appropriately use quantitative research methods.

Unit content

The unit has been divided into four sections:

A. Key stages in the research process
B. Quantitative research methods
C. Managing a research project
D. Disseminating findings

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the main health research philosophical perspectives and methodologies including their assumptions and practical applications
2 frame a problem statement and formulate research questions capable of being addressed by quantitative research designs
3 critically appraise relevant research literature to investigate a research problem
4 evaluate the strengths and limitations of quantitative methods and research
5 discuss methods used to maximise validity and reliability in quantitative research
6 justify appropriate quantitative research methodology and design based upon critical appreciation of the research problem, practical and ethical issues
7 explain how results of a quantitative research project are disseminated

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the main health research philosophical perspectives and methodologies including their assumptions and practical applications
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  2. frame a problem statement and formulate research questions capable of being addressed by quantitative research designs
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  3. critically appraise relevant research literature to investigate a research problem
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  4. evaluate the strengths and limitations of quantitative methods and research
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  5. discuss methods used to maximise validity and reliability in quantitative research
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  6. justify appropriate quantitative research methodology and design based upon critical appreciation of the research problem, practical and ethical issues
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  7. explain how results of a quantitative research project are disseminated
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