Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be introduced to the fundamentals of research in the health sciences. Students will learn the skills to acquire and appraise research and synthesise findings in order to implement evidence-based practice.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMohd Masood

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in course: HBOHSB and have passed DEN2MDA OR Must be enrolled in course: HZHSDD and must have passed DEN2MED and DEN2CGD and DEN2IDP and DEN2DPH


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain the major concepts of scientific enquiry.
02. Discuss the relationship between study design, analysis, interpretation and application to clinical issues.
03. Interpret qualitative and quantitative data and discuss their collection, analysis and display.
04. Frame a research problem and develop specific research questions.
05. Critically appraise research reports.
06. Propose a resolution to a clinical practice problem or issue based on analysis of research evidence.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMohd Masood

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students undertake a total of 26 hours of interactive FTF classes throughout the year."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Students undertake 26 hours of online interactive lessons"


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 1000-word equivalent online assessment using weekly quizN/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2
One individual 2,500-word assignmentN/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
One group-based 1,500 word assignment (500 words per student)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6