Introduces students to different types of methodologies used to inform evidence-based practice and the processes involved in conducting ethical research. Through both theoretical and practical components, students will learn the basic methods for: planning an investigation; collecting, analysing and interpreting data; and reporting and disseminating data findings.
Understanding how evidence is created is a cornerstone learning foundation for all students of health sciences. This unit introduces students to understanding the nature of evidence in the health sciences:
- Ways of knowing and knowledge creation
- Identifying problems, purposes, aims, questions, hypotheses
- Ethical and cultural considerations in producing knowledge
- Methodological designs
- Data collection methods
- Data analysis including descriptive and inferential statistics, and thematic analysis
- Interpreting and reporting findings
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.
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:|
|1||describe different philosophical approaches to knowledge creation|
|2||describe the strengths and limitations of various study designs|
|3||identify a question and plan an appropriate methodology that addresses it|
|4||evaluate ethical implications of a proposed inquiry|
|5||demonstrate an ability to conduct basic data analysis|
|6||demonstrate an ability to interpret and report findings.|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- describe different philosophical approaches to knowledge creation
- describe the strengths and limitations of various study designs
- identify a question and plan an appropriate methodology that addresses it
- evaluate ethical implications of a proposed inquiry
- demonstrate an ability to conduct basic data analysis
- demonstrate an ability to interpret and report findings.
- No prescribed texts.
- This text is available to read online at the library so purchase is not required unless you prefer to read from a book: Portney, LG & Watkins, MP , 2015, Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice, 3rd edn, F. A. Davis, Philadelphia.
- Prescribed text information is not currently available.
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