APPLIED HEALTH RESEARCH

PHE2AHR

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will learn how to apply research to solve real world problems of the sort that they will encounter in their practice as health professionals. Students will develop their confidence in using research by synthesizing evidence in the form of narrative summaries, gaining basic statistical knowledge needed to prepare data reports and critically comparing different research approaches. The subject incorporates five modules that focus on specific research skills and their practical application. Members of the La Trobe research community will present their work to demonstrate practical applications of research skills relevant to health professionals. The blended course design makes use of collaborative online spaces, feedback mechanisms and quizzes for evaluative and formative tasks.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDell Horey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites If student is enrolled in HZHSID Health Sci/Intl Dev or HZHSB Health Sci/Bus, AZAHS Arts/Health Sci or HZHHIM exempt from pre-requisite. If student is enrolled in HBHS or HBHSB B Health Sci or HZMCHM must have passed HLT2IEP or equivalent (with subject coordinator's approval)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBasic epidemiologyRecommendedBeaglehole R, Bonita R, Kjellstrom T 2002WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, GENEVA
ReadingsHandbook of public health methodsRecommendedKerr C, Taylor R, Heard G. 1998MCGRAW HILL, SYDNEY
ReadingsIntro to Research: understanding and applying multiple strategiesRecommendedGitlin L N 2005ELSEVIER MOSBY
ReadingsSocial Research 3rd EdRecommendedSarantakos S 2005PALGRAVE BASINGSTOKE, UK
ReadingsIntroduction to Research in the Health SciencesRecommendedPolgar, S., & Thomas, S. A. 2013ELSEVIER

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Synthesise and interpret key aspects of research studies

Activities:
Students will undertake an introductory-level systematic review
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

02. Prepare and present discipline specific report including statistical analysis and presentation of data for health agencies

Activities:
Students will prepare a data report based on existing research findings relevant to discipline specific area
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Compare key aspects of research design across different research studies

Activities:
Students will develop a poster presentation that examines different approaches used in research studies
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Work effectively in teams to produce reviews, reports and posters

Activities:
All activities include a team component
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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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-ordinatorVirginia Dickson-Swift

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"One 1-hour lecture per week."

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"One 2-hour workshop per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Introductory systematic review35 01, 03, 04
Data report45 02, 04
Poster presentation20 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDell Horey

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Introductory systematic review35 01, 03, 04
Data report45 02, 04
Poster presentation20 02, 03, 04