ALLH11009 - Research Methods for Health Professionals

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This introductory unit is designed to equip emerging Health professionals with essential research and study skills. In this unit you will identify the strengths and weaknesses of research designs and methodologies, and learn how to critically evaluate information from a variety of sources. You will also conduct a systematic information search of health-related literature, use bibliographic software and enhance your academic writing skills.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 40%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 79.83% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 29.38% response rate.

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.

Source: Student SUTE data.
The time allowance for the tutorial assessment task was too short, so it was difficult to address all criteria.
It is recommended that the time allowance for this assessment task (Essential Study Skills Tutorial Presentation) be increased to enable students greater time to address all assessment criteria.
Action Taken
The time limit for this assessment was increased to allow students additional time to address all assessment criteria.
Source: Unsolicited student email.
The content in this unit was delivered in an enjoyable and engaging manner, and drew on current happenings around the world.
It is recommended that the content continue to be updated to remain relevant, and that it be delivered in an enjoyable and engaging manner for students.
Action Taken
The unit content was updated to ensure it remained relevant and delivered in an engaging and enjoyable manner to support student learning.
Source: Student SUTE data.
The study skills taught in this unit are extremely helpful.
The purpose of this unit is to provide students with a variety of study skills that will be of assistance to them during their study, and as future health professionals. As such, it is recommended that these study skills continue to be taught to students within this unit.
Action Taken
The study skills taught in this unit were reviewed and updated as required to ensure students were taught the necessary skills to support their study, and future as a health professional.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Some students prefer not to post on the Discussion Forum for a variety of reasons. It would be great if there were another way to communicate with other students and staff.
It is recommended that CB66 staff approach the Technology division to share this student feedback and explore alternative options, such as students ability to post anonymously to the Discussion Forum.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation and unsolicited student feedback
The delivery of this unit was fun and engaging and it supported student learning
It is recommended that this unit continue to be delivered in a fun and engaging manner that supports student learning. This should include high levels of interaction and discussion, practical activities and relevant content, delivered in a supportive learning environment.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and summarise information from a variety of sources within the health setting
  2. Use effective search strategies to conduct a systematic information search of health-related literature
  3. Identify the strengths and limitations of a variety of research designs and research methodologies used by Health professionals
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental research and study skills concepts.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10