Unit aim

Provides students with the opportunity to engage in supervised research in a specific area, thereby gaining experience of the professional role of a researcher in allied health. The unit requires students to explore a range of research designs and methods associated with an identified area of research. This unit is the first in the embedded Allied Health Honours program.

Unit content

  • Concepts of clinical research and evidence-based practice
  • Sources of knowledge (includes, but is not limited to):
    • Tradition and authority
    • Logical reasoning – deductive and inductive
    • Scientific method
  • Research process and types of research
    • Research process
    • Qualitative and quantitative research
    • Research continuum
  • Critiquing research
    • Qualitative and quantitative
  • Application of various research approaches and methods to an identified topic area

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Portney, L. G., & Watkins, M. P., 2015, Foundations of clinical research: Applications to practice, 4th edn, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2hrs twice per week (4hrs)
contribution to in-class discussionsSR
Critique of research studies30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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