Unit aim

Introduces students to the major philosophical perspectives of health research. Key methodologies and methods are examined. Students familiarise themselves with practical aspects of doing rigorous health research. Techniques required to initiate a research project and write a proposal are explored.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to health research

Topic 2: Philosophical and methodological perspectives

Topic 3: Framing research problems/questions

Topic 4: Reviewing the literature

Topic 5: Selecting an appropriate research methodology and design

Topic 6: Research project planning

Topic 7: Methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation

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

Study Period 3

  • Liamputtong, P., 2013, Research methods in health: foundations for evidence-based practice, 2nd edn, Oxford University Pres, South Melbourne, Victoria. ISBN: 9780195520064 (paper back) 9780195528626 (electronic book).
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning (6 Wks)
Short written response10%
Short written response20%
Short written response10%

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