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Unit Summary

Unit type

Hons Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Provides students with the opportunity to engage in supervised research in a specific area, thereby gaining experience of the professional role of a researcher in allied health. The unit requires students to explore a range of research designs and methods associated with an identified area of research. This unit is the first in the embedded Allied Health Honours program.

Unit content

  • Concepts of clinical research and evidence-based practice
  • Sources of knowledge (includes, but is not limited to):
    • Tradition and authority
    • Logical reasoning – deductive and inductive
    • Scientific method
  • Research process and types of research
    • Research process
    • Qualitative and quantitative research
    • Research continuum
  • Critiquing research
    • Qualitative and quantitative
  • Application of various research approaches and methods to an identified topic area

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 compare different research designs, identifying their strengths and weaknesses.
2 analyse the relationship between research questions, different research designs, paradigmatic frameworks and how research is conducted
3 critically review research designs relevant to an identified topic area

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

  1. compare different research designs, identifying their strengths and weaknesses.
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  2. analyse the relationship between research questions, different research designs, paradigmatic frameworks and how research is conducted
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    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  3. critically review research designs relevant to an identified topic area
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Portney, L. G., & Watkins, M. P., 2015, Foundations of clinical research: Applications to practice, 4th edn, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.