RESEARCH METHODS IN HEALTH 4

PHE4RMH

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The purpose of this subject is to introduce students to the skills involved in planning and conducting a research project. In this subject students develop more advanced knowledge about a range of quantitative and qualitative research approaches directly applicable to research and evaluation in the health sciences as preparation for an honours thesis. Students are introduced to the research cycle and ways to approach a health research problem. This includes: appraising the research literature; developing research questions; determining appropriate study designs and data collection methods; justifying approaches to data collection, analysis and interpretation.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBircan Erbas

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions offered subject to sufficient enrolment.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHow to write health science papers, dissertations and thesesRecommendedThomas, S 2000CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE, EDINBURGH
ReadingsIntroduction to research in the health sciencesRecommendedPolgar, S and Thomas, S 20084TH EDN, CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE, EDINBURGH
ReadingsQualitative research methods: 3rd edn.RecommendedLiamputtong, P 2009OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, MELBOURNE
ReadingsResearch Methods in Health: foundations for evidence based practiceRecommendedLiamputtong, P, 2010OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, MELBOURNE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop a research plan appropriate to your research question.

Activities:
Developing plan for research proposal.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Critique and synthesise research literature.

Activities:
Critical appraisal and synthesis of research papers
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Understand the role of different research approaches.

Activities:
Developing plan for literature review
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Week 09-26, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBircan Erbas

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 09 - 26
Six 5.5 hours workshop other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 09 to week 26 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Held over three weeks (Weeks 9, 10 and 11)."

Seminar Week: 19 - 19
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 19 to week 19 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Plan for literature review approximately (600 words)20 03
Appraisal and synthesis of at least two research papers (1400 words)35 02
Outline of methodology and research methods (2500 words)45 01, 03