Research Design - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments (40%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,600.00
Domestic continuing 2,332.00
International 2,850.00
International continuing 2,582.00

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This unit of study aims to identify and understand some of the methodologies used in survey research. It includes an overview of the procedures used in survey research, a descriptive approach to methods including questionnaire design, both sample and census data collection methods, and an introduction to survey sampling. Basic techniques used to analyse and present survey data, such as construction of scales and graphing procedures and the analysis of secondary data, are covered in this unit of study. The unit also covers observational and experimental data collection, incidence and prevalence statistics, standardisation and the different types of study designs commonly used in health statistics and elsewhere. Case studies will be drawn from areas such as sociology, market research, psychology, medical sciences and other areas as appropriate.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

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

  1. Compare and appraise the processes used to develop and conduct survey research
  2. Judge the ethical and privacy considerations associated with the design and conduct of survey research;
  3. Argue for and against the different methods of data collection in survey research
  4. Independently plan, design a small scale survey project and prepare a detailed survey design report
  5. Evaluate scale development and meta-analysis concepts
  6. Contrast the processes commonly used to collect observational and experimental data
  7. Explain the basic principles of experimental design
  8. Identify and implement different study designs used in health statistics and elsewhere
  9. Interpret measures of risk and disease rates
  • Assignments (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quiz — Online Quizzes (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HMS777 — Research Design

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed HMS773.

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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 survey research
2The basics of survey sampling
3Developing a questionnaire
4Methods of data collection
5Coding and cleaning survey data
6Introduction to scale development
7The basic concepts of experimental designs
8Common designs
9Introduction to methods used in health statistics and elsewhere
10Incidence and prevalence statistics
11Standardisation of rates
12Randomised trials and cohort studies
13Case-control studies

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

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.

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