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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to different types of methodologies used to inform evidence-based practice and the processes involved in conducting ethical research. Through both theoretical and practical components, students will learn the basic methods for: planning an investigation; collecting, analysing and interpreting data; and reporting and disseminating data findings.

Unit content

Understanding how evidence is created is a cornerstone learning foundation for all students of health sciences. This unit introduces students to understanding the nature of evidence in the health sciences:

  • Ways of knowing and knowledge creation
  • Identifying problems, purposes, aims, questions, hypotheses
  • Ethical and cultural considerations in producing knowledge
  • Methodological designs
  • Data collection methods
  • Data analysis including descriptive and inferential statistics, and thematic analysis
  • Interpreting and reporting 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe different philosophical approaches to knowledge creation Ethical practice
2 describe the strengths and limitations of various study designs Lifelong learning
3 identify a question and plan an appropriate methodology that addresses it Lifelong learning
4 evaluate ethical implications of a proposed inquiry Ethical practice
5 demonstrate an ability to conduct basic data analysis Intellectual rigour
6 demonstrate an ability to interpret and report findings. Intellectual rigour Lifelong learning

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

  1. describe different philosophical approaches to knowledge creation
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  2. describe the strengths and limitations of various study designs
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. identify a question and plan an appropriate methodology that addresses it
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. evaluate ethical implications of a proposed inquiry
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  5. demonstrate an ability to conduct basic data analysis
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  6. demonstrate an ability to interpret and report findings.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • PORTNEY, L. G., & WATKINS, M. P. , 2015, Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice, 3rd ed., F. A. Davis., Philadelphia.

  • This text is available to read online at the library so purchase is not required unless you prefer to read from a book: Portney, L. G., & Watkins, M. P. , 2015, Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice, 3rd edn, F. A. Davis., Philadelphia.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.