Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you learn how to critically review research literature, focusing on research methods, ethics and study findings or results. Through building skills in critical evaluation of research methods and results you will be able to compare papers relevant to a given topic and assess their suitability and relevance to specific problems. You will learn to judge whether research studies are appropriately designed to address the problems that they aim to solve or explore.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJo Spong

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesYou will participate in summative and formative activities including online lectures, reflective activities, participation with peers, analysisof journal articles, online quizzes, written assessments and an oral presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically appraise and compare research methods reported in the published literature.
02. Critically analyse ethical approaches justified in research studies.
03. Conduct comparative analyses of research findings relevant to clinical practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, LTU Term 2, Online


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJo Spong

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 16
One 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 16 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Comparative analysis of methods used in research reports.

N/AReportIndividualNo35 SILO1

Appraisal of ethics justification and approach used in research report.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO2

Comparative analysis and summary of research findings across different research studies.

N/AReportIndividualNo45 SILO3