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 3 - 2019

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.59% 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: Have your say
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
Additional time was dedicated to helping students understand statistics during the term. In addition, results sections from journals were introduced and discussed during lectures so that students not only get an understanding for statistics, but also what the results actually mean in the context of different studies.
Source: Have your say
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
Simon Time continued throughout the unit. During the first three weeks 'Simon Time' was delivered as it has been in the past. Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19, live lectures changed to pre-recorded lectures which resulted in the changes to the way in which 'Simon Time' was delivered.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
The Survival Guide continued as the main assessment task within this unit, and continued to require students to develop and demonstrate their understanding of study and research skills.
Source: Have your say
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
The applied learning examples were used where possible in 2020. Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19, live lectures changed to pre-recorded lectures thus limiting many of the practical learning examples that have been successful in the past.
Source: Student Email
Feedback
This unit is a fantastic unit for first year students. It was fun and engaging and helped to develop a set of beneficial learning and study skills.
Recommendation
It is recommended that this unit continue to be delivered as a first term, first year unit and that it continue to provide a fun, engaging and supportive learning environment for students. Further, it is recommended that this unit continue to focus on developing study and research skills that will assist students throughout the remainder of their study.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have Your Say' Survey
Feedback
The assessment tasks directly align with the content that is taught in this unit making the links between learning outcomes, content and assessment items clear and transparent.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the assessment tasks continue to clearly align with learning outcomes and that the weekly content aligns with assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have Your Say' Survey
Feedback
The weekly Drop-In sessions were really helpful as they allowed students to ask questions to the unit coordinator in 'real time'.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the weekly Drop-In sessions continue as they provide students with the opportunity to seek support and guidance from the unit coordinator in 'real time'. This is especially beneficial to DST students whom are unable to attend the live lectures.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle Discussion Forum
Feedback
The Discussion Forums on Moodle were great as they provided dedicated spaces to ask questions about the assessment tasks. This made it really easy to find information as it was all in the one place.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Discussion Forums continue to provide dedicated spaces for students to ask questions about each of the assessment tasks.
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