Unit description

Development of a foundation knowledge and understanding of forms of knowledge, research and evaluation processes, research approaches and designs, research methodologies and methods, data management and analysis, effective dissemination of findings, and application of evidence to health care practice.

Unit content

Epistemology and forms of enquiry
Evaluation processes and evidence based strategies
Qualitative, quantitative, triangulation and mixed-method research approaches and their methodologies and methods
Descriptive and inferential statistics, data management and analysis
Research proposal and report writing skills
Evaluation and dissemination of research findings
Evaluation and application of evidence to practice and policy
Ethics and law surrounding research and evaluation

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

  • Liamputtong, P (ed.), 2013, Research methods in health: Foundations of evidence-based practice, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria. ISBN: 9780195520064.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2.5 hours (12 weeks)
Discussion board25%
Open-book Online Quiz 40 MCQ 25%

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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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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