CQUniversity Unit Profile
ALLH12007 Research Methods for Health Professionals
Research Methods for Health Professionals
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General Information

Overview

During this unit you will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of research designs and methodologies, and how to critically evaluate information from a variety of sources. Throughout this unit you will also learn how to analyse and interpret statistics, as well as develop a number of essential study skills including undertaking an information search, using a bibliographic software program and enhancing your academic writing skills.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2018

Distance
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 60%
2. Online Test
Weighting: 20%
3. Online Test
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have your say

Feedback

It would be beneficial to run separate sessions for students who use Windows and MAC when learning how to use EndNote.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the lecture on EndNote be separated into two separate sessions, where one session will cover using EndNote in Word, the other using EndNote using a MAC. This will ensure that all content delivered in each of these sessions is specific and relevant to the different system users.

Feedback from Have your say Student communication

Feedback

This unit would be of even more benefit if it were offered as a Term 1 unit.

Recommendation

The academic staff involved in the delivery of this unit agree that it would be extremely beneficial for students if this unit was offered as a Term 1 unit. In fact, this change will be implemented in 2019.

Feedback from Have your say

Feedback

The Survival Guide assessment task was fantastic for helping to develop research skills.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Survival Guide continue as the main assessment task within this unit as it requires students to develop and demonstrate their understanding of study and research skills, which are essential for future study.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate and summarise information from a variety of sources
  2. Use effective search strategies to conduct a systematic information search
  3. Identify the strengths and limitations of a variety of research designs and research methodologies
  4. Analyse and interpret basic statistical tests.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 60%
2 - Online Test - 20%
3 - Online Test - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 60%
2 - Online Test - 20%
3 - Online Test - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

There is no required textbook for this unit. However, students do require access to Microsoft Excel.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Excel
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Melanie Hayman Unit Coordinator
m.j.hayman@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1: Welcome and Unit Outline Begin Date: 09 Jul 2018

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Week 2: Critical Thinking and Research Begin Date: 16 Jul 2018

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Week 3: Databases and Information Searches Begin Date: 23 Jul 2018

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Week 4: Referencing and Plagiarism Begin Date: 30 Jul 2018

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Online Content Quiz 1 Opens: Week 4 Friday (3 Aug 2018) 6:00 pm AEST

Week 5: EndNote Begin Date: 06 Aug 2018

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Online Content Quiz 1 Closes: Week 5 Friday (10 Aug 2018) 6:00 pm AEST

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Aug 2018

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Week 6: Introduction to Research - Types of Research Begin Date: 20 Aug 2018

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Week 7: Introduction to Research - Research Methods Begin Date: 27 Aug 2018

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Week 8: Introduction to Research - Data Analysis Begin Date: 03 Sep 2018

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Online Content Quiz 2 Opens: Week 8 Friday (7 Sept 2018) 6:00 pm AEST

Week 9: Introduction to Research - Statistics Begin Date: 10 Sep 2018

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Online Content Quiz 2 Closes: Week 9 Friday (14 Sept 2018) 6:00 pm AEST

Week 10: Deconstructing a Research Paper Begin Date: 17 Sep 2018

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Week 11: The Art of Academic Writing Begin Date: 24 Sep 2018

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Online Content Quiz 3 Opens: Week 11 Friday (28 Sept 2018) 6:00 pm AEST


Online Statistical Analysis Quiz Opens: Week 11 Friday (28 Sept 2018) 6:00 pm AEST

Week 12: Review Week Begin Date: 01 Oct 2018

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Online Content Quiz 3 Closes: Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 6:00 pm AEST


Online Statistical Analysis Quiz Closes: Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 6:00 pm AEST


Survival Guide to Research Due: Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:55 pm AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Survival Guide to Research

Task Description

Briefly, students will be required to develop their very own 'Survival Guide to Research' that can be used as a valuable resource throughout their study. The guide will include details and descriptions on types of research, research methods, data collection and analysis and statistics.

Further detail, including the assessment Task Sheet and Criteria Sheet, are available on the ALLH12007 Moodle page under the 'Assessment' tab.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 Oct 2018)


Weighting
60%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment task will be graded against the following criteria:

  1. Research Overview (20 marks)
  2. Database and Information Search (5 marks)
  3. Referencing and Plagiarism (5 marks)
  4. EndNote (5 marks)
  5. Types of Research (5 marks)
  6. Research Methodology (5 marks)
  7. Research Scenarios (5 marks)
  8. Referencing (5 marks)
  9. Overall Formatting, layout and presentation (5 marks)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Students are required to upload their completed task (singular file) to Moodle in .doc or .docx format. No other format will be accepted.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Critically evaluate and summarise information from a variety of sources
  • Use effective search strategies to conduct a systematic information search
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of a variety of research designs and research methodologies


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Online Test

Assessment Title
Content Quizzes

Task Description

Content covered throughout the semester will be assessed in a series of online content quizzes. There will be 3 online content quizzes in total.

Each quiz will consist of 30 multiple choice or true/false questions, and will be open to students for a duration of 7 days, as outlined below:

  1. Online Content Quiz 1 - Opens Week 4 Friday (3 Aug 2018) 6:00 pm AEST, closes Week 5 Friday (10 Aug 2018) 6:00 pm AEST
  2. Online Content Quiz 2 - Opens Week 8 Friday (7 Sept 2018) 6:00 pm AEST, closes Week 9 Friday (14 Sept 2018) 6:00 pm AEST
  3. Online Content Quiz 3 - Opens Week 11 Friday (28 Sept 2018) 6:00 pm AEST, closes Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 6:00 pm AEST

The total scores from each of the 3 online content quizzes will be tallied to determine the overall mark out of 90. The total score will then be converted to a % score out of a maximum 25%.

Further detail is available on the ALLH12007 Moodle page under the 'Assessment' tab.


Assessment Due Date

Each quiz will be available for 7 days. Ensure that you are familiar with these dates.


Return Date to Students

Students will receive an immediate grade for each quiz upon its completion. Correct answers will be made available after the closure of each quiz.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The online content quizzes will consist of multiple choice and true/false questions.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
All Content Quizzes must be completed via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of a variety of research designs and research methodologies
  • Analyse and interpret basic statistical tests.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

3 Online Test

Assessment Title
Statistical Analysis Quiz

Task Description

This online statistical analysis quiz will test your knowledge, understanding and operational ability of basic statistical analysis skills.

Students will be required to identify the appropriate statistical analysis test, perform the analysis and interpret the results of 4 datasets. Students will then be required to use their results to answer 40 multiple choice or true/false questions.

This quiz will be open to students for a duration of 7 days. It will open Week 11 Friday (28 Sept 2018) at 6:00 pm AEST, and close Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 6:00 pm AEST)

Further detail is available on the ALLH12007 Moodle page under the 'Assessment' tab.


Assessment Due Date

This quiz will be available for 7 days (as outlined above). Ensure that you are familiar with these dates.


Return Date to Students

Students will receive an immediate grade upon its completion. Correct answers will be made available after the closure of the quiz.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment task will be graded against the following criteria.

Students ability to:

  1. Identify appropriate statistical analysis to run
  2. Run statistical analysis / test
  3. Interpret analysis output
  4. Draw conclusions from the analysis output

Students are then required to answer 40 multiple choice or true/false questions (based on the above actions).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Online Statistical Analysis Quiz must be completed via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse and interpret basic statistical tests.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?