HLTH 2024 Research Methods in Health

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401403

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Description This unit explores quantitative and qualitative research methods used to generate and expand knowledge in healthcare. The principal practice and policy questions in healthcare are identified, along with the research paradigms, methodologies, rationales, designs, sampling, data collection and measurement methods, analysis, controls over bias and validity, reporting methods and ethical standards applied to answer these questions and inform evidence-based practice. Practical experience is gained with tools for the appraisal of research evidence guiding practice. Workplace research and organisation research for quality assurance are included. Pathways to a professional career in research are explained.

School Health Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) HLTH 1012 OR
HLTH 1001

Equivalent Subjects HLTH 2021 Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the principal research questions applicable to evidence-based practice in health
  2. Apply the major quantitative and qualitative paradigms, methodologies, designs, methods and ethical considerations for answering the principal research questions in health
  3. Analyse criteria and processes for enhancing the generalisability and applicability of qualitative and quantitative research evidence in health
  4. Interpret quantitative and qualitative results in research reports
  5. Utilise structured appraisal tools for assessing reporting quality of research evidence in health
  6. Critique methods for workplace research
  7. Distinguish pathways and processes for commencing a career in health research

Subject Content

1.Contribution of empirical research to the advancement of evidence-based practice and policy in healthcare
2.Types of research questions in healthcare
3.Levels of evidence in quantitative research
4.Research paradigms and methodologies
5.Research designs
6.Sampling in quantitative and qualitative research
7.Data collection methods in quantitative and qualitative research
8.Ethics and privacy in human research and the management of data
9.Data analysis in quantitative and qualitative research
10.Appraisal tools and their use for quantitative and qualitative research
11.Study and career pathways for professional research in health; funding and research teams
12.Research in the workplace: Action research, quality assurance, audits and benchmarking

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online Quiz 30 minutes 10 N Individual
Quantitative research appraisal 1,200 words 20 N Individual
Qualitative research appraisal 1,200 words 20 N Individual
Participation Semester 10 N Individual
Final examination 2 hours 40 N Individual

Online

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online quiz 30 minutes 10 N Individual
Quantitative research appraisal 1,200 words 20 N Individual
Qualitative research appraisal 1,200 words 20 N Individual
Participation Semester 10 N Individual
Final examination 2 hours 40 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Campbelltown

Day

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Online

Online

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 1

Sydney City

Day

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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