Research Methodology in Health Sciences
|Faculty/School:||Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, School of Health Sciences|
|Credit Value:||10 credit points|
|Subject Enquiries:||Health Sciences & Medicine|
Telephone: +61 7 5595 4400
|Study Abroad availability:||Available to Study Abroad students|
|Subject Outline:||Currently unavailable|
Students are introduced to research as a series of attempts to answer complex questions. Issues of developing a research question, independent and dependent variables, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistics as a way of testing normality, data-collection, and report writing are discussed. Students are required to perform a series of structured research tasks, including identifying and reviewing previous literature, setting a research question within historical and social contexts, identifying key variables for examination, and designing a methodology appropriate to the research questions being investigated.
No prior knowledge is required for this subject
"At the completion of this course, students should be able to: Find and appraise the available research literature, develop a research question, a methodology to answer the question, and write a research proposal for a Human Ethics Committee. Understand the role of bias and confounding and how to control for these in selection of study design. Appreciate the role of chance/random error, and the appropriate choice and application of statistical testing to assess this. Effectively appraise and comment on the strengths and weaknesses of a research grant proposal; particularly the scientific merit, significance, research methodology, feasibility and requested budget."