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Unit Summary

Unit type

Hons Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

be admitted to course: Bachelor of Health Science with Honours

Unit aim

Increases students' knowledge of research paradigms, designs and methodologies relevant to health and human science. Students identify a research question and consider application of investigation strategy and ethical issues for an honours research project. Skill is acquired in exploring and evaluating the literature and in designing and presenting a research proposal.

Unit content

  • Knowledge of quantitative or qualitative approach required for project
  • Preparation of a research question that will be explored in project
  • Scholarly discussion of colleagues' research questions
  • Ethical issues and cultural awareness related to the research proposal
  • Critical review of the pertinent literature related to the research topic and methodology

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 select their thesis topic and develop a research question in consultation with academic staff member(s) with expertise in an area appropriate to the proposed topic areas
2 select an appropriate research design and provide associated rationale
3 critically review, analyse and synthesize the literature relevant to their research question and methodology
4 identify and explain the ethical issue(s) and demonstrate cultural awareness relevant to the research question and methodology
5 present an oral research proposal that encompasses envisaged background, aims, design, and methodology
6 present a written research proposal that encompasses critical review of the literature, ethical issues, envisaged aims, design, methodology, timetable and budget
7 demonstrate autonomy, well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner.

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

  1. select their thesis topic and develop a research question in consultation with academic staff member(s) with expertise in an area appropriate to the proposed topic areas
    • GA4:
  2. select an appropriate research design and provide associated rationale
    • GA1:
  3. critically review, analyse and synthesize the literature relevant to their research question and methodology
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  4. identify and explain the ethical issue(s) and demonstrate cultural awareness relevant to the research question and methodology
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  5. present an oral research proposal that encompasses envisaged background, aims, design, and methodology
    • GA6:
  6. present a written research proposal that encompasses critical review of the literature, ethical issues, envisaged aims, design, methodology, timetable and budget
    • GA6:
  7. demonstrate autonomy, well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner.
    • GA5: