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HS2402 - Health Professional Research 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available to all 2nd year students enrolled in health science programs.

This subject introduces undergraduate students to practical and theoretical issues arising in qualitative and quantitative research in Health Sciences. The students will become familiar with basic methods of biostatistics and concepts of research methods. Topics covered include univariate and bivariate statistical analysis, design of a questionnaire, the structure of health research, descriptive and analytical epidemiology, bias and aspects of validity, interviewing techniques, focus group work, reading and writing of health publications. The first two days of the subject will provide students with an introduction to the basics of qualitative health research. This introduction will include design methodology, data collection and analysis. Ethical research practice with human participants will also be introduced. The remaining eight days will focus on research methods and statistics. Standard methods of quantitative research in the health sciences will be introduced in these eight days during lectures and tutorials. The subject covers all aspects of the research cycle - that is, research and statistical hypotheses, study design, data collection (including measurement), data analyses, interpretation, and linking back to statistical and research hypotheses. Statistics is an integral part of quantitative research methodology. Therefore, this subject introduces students to the theory and application of descriptive (univariate) and bivariate statistical methods. A statistical software package will be used in tutorials. Students will also gain experience with applying the theories and concepts covered in lectures and tutorials via a group assignment in which understanding of all aspects of the research cycle must be demonstrated.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify, explain and apply basic qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in health sciences;
  • assess and synthesise published information from a range of sources and apply it in scientific communication;
  • work collaboratively, cooperatively and ethically within a multidiscipline team in the design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation of an identified health research question.

Subject Assessment

  • end of semester exam (35%)
  • quiz 1 & 2 (open book) (20%)
  • assignments (45%).
Prerequisites: At least 18 credit points of level one subjects

Availabilities

Townsville, Intensive, Study Period 3
Census Date 06-Feb-2020
Face to face teaching 03-Feb-2020 to 14-Feb-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 30 hours lectures - 3 hours per day for the two weeks
  • 30 hours practicals - 4 hours per day for the two weeks
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Intensive, Study Period 3
Census Date 06-Feb-2020
Face to face teaching 03-Feb-2020 to 14-Feb-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 30 hours lectures - 3 hours per day for the two week block
  • 30 hours practicals - 4 hours per day for the two week block
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: Enrolment in this offering is restricted.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.