RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS FOR SPEECH PATHOLOGY

HCS4RSP

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will continue to develop the ability to evaluate and apply research evidence specific to the speech pathology field. Students are introduced to the basic principles of research methods and statistics in speech pathology. Furthermore, students will develop the ability to appraise core research principles, and learn how to apply these principles to their everyday clinical practice.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorShane Erickson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

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

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed HLT2IEP, or admitted into the Graduate Entry Master of Speech Pathology course

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFoundations of clinical research: applications to practice, 3rd edn.PrescribedPortney, L & Watkins M 2009PEARSON PRENTICE HALL. USA: NEW JERSEY.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Interpret the statistical content of speech pathology papers: (a) Describe the difference between sample and population quantities; (b) Describe the target population; (c) Recognise the conceptual framework and importance of random sampling; (d) Understand the meanings of descriptive statistics (i.e. mean, median and range); (e) Apply probability concepts to discuss the meanings of confidence intervals and their implications; (f) Apply probability concepts to discuss hypothesis tests, including the meanings of null and alternative hypotheses, level of significance, probability value, statistical significance and clinical significance and the relationship between confidence intervals and tests of hypotheses; (g) Discuss the underlying meaning, usefulness and limitations of correlation.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, mini-tests, individual written assignment and examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Communication (Communication)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Interpret the statistical aspects of commonly-used assessment tests in speech pathology; (a) Recognise the difference between measured ability and "true" ability; (b) Recognise and understand the properties of a basic measurement error model; (c) Understand the properties of a random variable that has a normal distribution, and the compounding of random variables when a measurement error is added to the underlying random variation of "true" ability; (d) Apply probability concepts to describe the meaning of the confidence interval for the "true" ability; (e) Apply the meaning of confidence interval to assess whether an apparent change in ability could be attributed to measurement error alone.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, mini-tests and examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorShane Erickson

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000-word individual written assignment.20 01
One 1.5-hour examination.60 01, 02
One 12-minute mini-test in the following Weeks: 3,4,6,7,8,9,11,12.20 01, 02

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorShane Erickson

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000-word individual written assignment.20 01
One 1.5-hour examination.60 01, 02
One 12-minute mini-test in the following Weeks: 3,4,6,7,8,9,11,12.20 01, 02