Health Research Methods - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Synopsis (20%) , Assignment 2 - Computing assessment (35%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

Introduction to the scientific method, cross-sectional, experimental, quasi-experimental, descriptive case studies. Issues of sampling, bias, sample size calculation. Measurement issues: questionnaire development, reliability and validity of measurement tools and errors. Interpretation of data analysed from appropriate methods. Introduction to non-parametric tests. Ethics in research. Use of statistical software. Elements of critical appraisal.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate the principles and processes involved in research design, data measurement and collection, such as sampling, measurement reliability and validity
  2. critique research design including experimental, quasi-experimental and observational designs, such as cross-sectional descriptive case studies
  3. follow the concepts of hypothesis testing and apply appropriate methods (with analytical software, where appropriate) to analyse and interpret health related data.
  • Assignment 1 — Synopsis (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Computing assessment (35%)
  • Assignment 3 — Research Proposal (45%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to biostatistics, frequency distributions
2Introduction to research methods, critical appraisal
3Descriptive statistics
4Inferential statistics
5Deciding which statistical methods to use
6Data collection process, Survey Monkey
7Observational studies
8Interventional studies
10Measurement reliability and validity, bias
11Reseach ethics

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