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Unit description

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.

Unit content

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

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1describe different philosophical approaches to knowledge creation
2describe the strengths and limitations of various study designs
3identify a question and plan an appropriate methodology that addresses it
4evaluate ethical implications of a proposed inquiry
5demonstrate an ability to conduct basic data analysis
6demonstrate an ability to interpret and report findings.

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.

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Qualitative data analysis and interpretation exercise25%
Reporting methods and preliminary results (i.e. 1 table + 1 graph)25%
Report50%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Qualitative data analysis and interpretation exercise25%
Reporting methods and preliminary results (i.e. 1 table + 1 graph)25%
Report50%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Qualitative data analysis and interpretation exercise25%
Reporting methods and preliminary results (i.e. 1 table + 1 graph)25%
Report50%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Qualitative data analysis and interpretation exercise25%
Reporting methods and preliminary results (i.e. 1 table + 1 graph)25%
Report50%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

Fee information

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