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, enhance your academic writing skills and select, analyse and interpret statistics.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
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).

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. Written Assessment 60%
2. Online Test 20%
3. Online Test 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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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.

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Feedback
It would be beneficial to spend more time on statistics, especially when trying to understand and interpret their meaning when used and reported in journal articles.
Recommendation
It is recommended that additional time be dedicated to helping students understand statistics during the term. Further, examples of results sections from journal articles should be discussed, where attention is focused on not only the statistics used, but also on what the results mean within the context of the studies.
Action Taken
Nil.
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Feedback
The 'Simon Time' at the beginning of each lecture was extremely helpful as it helped students to review and reinforce their understanding of content from the previous week.
Recommendation
It is recommended that "Simon Time" continue throughout this unit as students appreciate the opportunity to review and reinforce their understanding of the content from previous weeks.
Action Taken
Nil.
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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.
Action Taken
Nil.
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Feedback
Students really enjoyed the applied learning examples within this unit as they not only helped to reinforce their knowledge, but they also helped to make the unit fun, interactive and engaging.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the applied learning examples continue to be used in this unit, and that opportunities to introduce additional applied learning examples be explored for the future.
Action Taken
Nil.
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. Select, analyse and interpret basic statistical tests frequently used by Health professionals

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
3 - Online Test
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
8 - Ethical practice
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
3 - Online Test