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Unit Summary

Unit type

Hons Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Utilises case studies drawn from areas such as public health, nursing, midwifery, sports and exercise science, and biomedical science to equip students with an understanding of contemporary approaches to research and evaluation as applied in real-world settings. Through a process of critical evaluation, personal refection and critical conversations with appointed thesis supervisor/s and colleagues, students will critically review research methodology.

Unit content

  1. The logic and purpose of inquiry
  2. Qualitative methodologies and data collection strategies
  3. Quantitative methodologies and data collection strategies
  4. Mixed methods research
  5. Secondary data analysis
  6. Systematic review and meta-analytic procedures
  7. Principles and practices of sampling and recruitment
  8. Involvement and understanding of writing an ethics proposal

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 and appraise research methodologies commonly employed in health science research
2 demonstrate selective application of an applied research methodology
3 consolidate a broad understanding of theoretical concepts in research
4 demonstrate knowledge of ethical approval processes for human research
5 demonstrate autonomy, well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner
6 maintain a journal to document critical reflections, insights and emerging understandings about research methodology and practice.

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

  1. compare and appraise research methodologies commonly employed in health science research
    • GA1:
  2. demonstrate selective application of an applied research methodology
    • GA1:
  3. consolidate a broad understanding of theoretical concepts in research
    • GA1:
  4. demonstrate knowledge of ethical approval processes for human research
    • GA7:
  5. demonstrate autonomy, well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner
    • GA5:
  6. maintain a journal to document critical reflections, insights and emerging understandings about research methodology and practice.
    • GA5: