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ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
Study and Research Skills for Health Science
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General Information


This unit is a foundation level unit to help you develop the academic study and research skills necessary for success in tertiary level education. During this unit you will learn how to use bibliographical software, search scientific research databases, and appraise the quality of evidence presented in scientific and other literature. You will also learn about research ethics and integrity, and develop a foundational understanding of the use of statistics in research. Finally, you will learn fundamental concepts of scientific writing to ensure you can articulate the information you retrieve and appraise, in a clear and concise manner.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
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 1 - 2022

Mackay City

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. Online Test
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 70%

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


Moodle layout was great and easy to find content quickly.


It is recommended that the Moodle design remains simple to enable students to access information in as few clicks as possible.

Feedback from Have Your Say


Specific example readings and discussion were skewed towards Health Sciences and Exercise and Sport Science. Some examples from other study areas would help different cohorts.


As this unit includes students from a variety of courses, it is recommended that some examples from different study areas are included to assist in the application of this content towards their studies.

Feedback from Self-reflection


Specific content related to referencing, in particular APA referencing is required.


It is recommended that a lecture and tutorial focused on the importance of referencing, and how to reference correctly be created

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Source and critically evaluate scholarly research information
  2. Demonstrate effective scientific research writing skills
  3. Identify appropriate study designs and statistical tests to answer various research questions
  4. Distinguish between ethical and unethical practices in research.
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 - Online Test - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 70%

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 - Online Test - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 70%
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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