Foundations of Research Inquiry in Health - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sem 1, Sem 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sem 1, Sem 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Online Planning Document (5%) , Assignment 2 - Written Assignment (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
HECS 793.00

Foundations of Research Inquiry in Health introduces students to the application of research approaches in health, social work, human and community services. It aims to provide students with knowledge, skills and techniques necessary for them to conduct their own research project. It will also encourage students to critically examine research methods in terms of their inclusiveness, ethics, validity and reliability when applied to research in health and human services.

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Appraise the contribution that research makes to evidence-based practice.
  2. Understand the research process and the basic elements of research design.
  3. Examine the role of qualitative and quantitative methods for conducting research.
  4. Discuss legal and ethical principles that apply when conducting research.
  5. Critically evaluate research reports and synthesise findings applicable to professional practice
  6. Understand selected analysis techniques used in qualitative and quantitative research.
  7. Critically examine conceptual and philosophical dimensions of research.
  • Assignment 1 — Online Planning Document (5%)
  • Assignment 2 — Written Assignment (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Online Planning Document (5%)
  • Assignment 4 — Written Assignment (50%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access — Students must be able to access the learning@griffith site for this unit
  • Other special requirement — Admission to Griffith University MSocial Work OUA Course required

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Research
2Finding Literature and Writing a Review
3Evidence based Practice, Reading and Critiquing Research
4Identifying Research Problems, Questions, Hypotheses, and a Research Framework
5Ethical and Legal Issues in Research
6Qualitative Research Designs and Research Proposal Preparation
8Data collection
9Research Rigour in Detail
10Qualitative Data Analysis
11Quantitive Data Analysis

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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