Research Evidence and Practice - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Research, Strategy and Journal (25%) , Assignment 2 - Peer Feedback (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

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 — Research, Strategy and Journal (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Peer Feedback (15%)
  • Research Assignment — Systematic Review (60%)

Mandatory prerequisites

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

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