Foundations of Human Research Inquiry - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sem 1, Sem 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sem 1, Sem 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Planning Document (5%) , Assignment 2 - Written Assignment (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,826.00
International 3,076.00

Foundations of Research Inquiry 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 — Planning Document (5%)
  • Assignment 2 — Written Assignment (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Planning Document (5%)
  • Assignment 4 — Written Assignment (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Standard Media

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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.
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