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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Learners develop a proposed research project, from conception of an idea to preparation of a study protocol. Learners discover how to formulate a research question, reviewing the literature, critically appraise the literature, develop a research justification statement, and define the parameters of a research project (including the aims, objectives, design, outcomes, data collection methods and data analysis procedures). Learners also realise how to prepare a study protocol as a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Unit content

Topic 1: Research project management

Topic 2: Establishing a clear, succinct research question

Topic 3: Reviewing and appraising the literature and preparing a justification statement

Topic 4: Developing a research protocol

Topic 5: Data collection methods

Topic 6: Data analysis procedures

 

 

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 describe the principles and strategies for effective research project management
2 demonstrate capacity to develop a clear, succinct research question
3 compose a well-supported, current and persuasive research justification statement
4 formulate a comprehensive and defendable research protocol
5 critically examine the purpose, benefits and limitations of different data collection methods
6 critically evaluate the purpose, assumptions and limitations of diverse data analysis procedures

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

  1. describe the principles and strategies for effective research project management
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  2. demonstrate capacity to develop a clear, succinct research question
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  3. compose a well-supported, current and persuasive research justification statement
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  4. formulate a comprehensive and defendable research protocol
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  5. critically examine the purpose, benefits and limitations of different data collection methods
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  6. critically evaluate the purpose, assumptions and limitations of diverse data analysis procedures
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