Research Design - 2018

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Unit summary

STA60004

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments - 2 (40%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
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Domestic 2,830.00
Domestic continuing 2,620.00
International 3,080.00
International continuing 2,870.00

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This unit teaches students 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. 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.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Compare and appraise the processes used to develop and conduct survey research
  2. Explain the ethical and privacy considerations associated with the design and conduct of survey research
  3. Independently plan and design a small scale survey project, and prepare a detailed survey design report
  4. Evaluate scale development and meta-analysis concepts
  5. Explain the basic principles of experimental design
  6. Identify and implement different study designs used in health statistics and elsewhere
  7. Interpret measures of risk and disease rates.
  • Assignments — 2 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quizzes — Online (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.

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.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to survey research and methods used in health statistics
2Survey sampling, experimental design, and observational procedures
3Developing a questionnaire
4Coding and cleaning survey data
5Scale development
6Concept of experimental design
7Incidence and prevalence statistics
8Standardization of rates
9Randomized trials and Cohort studies
10Case-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 is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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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