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CHIR13012 - Research Literacy for Health Professionals

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit has been developed for you to begin your journey in the expansive field of research. This unit will introduce you to some fundamental principles of research practice and allow for a greater appreciation of research methodology, critical appraisal and basic statistical analysis. This unit will utilise the principle that ‘reading research’ should be the first goal of any research course. You will be given research articles to read in preparation for all weekly lectures and offered the opportunity to undertake formative self-assessment utilising the lecture material and the pre-lecture readings. By the end of this unit, you will be equipped to embark on more rigorous research related units and be prepared to undertake the foundations of an Honour's or Master's level research project.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Completion of 96 credit points

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 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online

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. Portfolio 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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

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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.

Source: end of term student evaluation
Feedback
Students found the weighting between two assessments (50:50) to be a noticeably challenging aspect of the unit.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will explore the possibility of adding an additional assessment, with the percentage of each reduced, that will address this issue.
Action Taken
An updated unit proposal is currently being drafted to address this issue and spread the assessment load from two to four, appropriately weighted assessments during the term.
Source: end of term student evaluation
Feedback
Students found the Moodle site difficult to use as it took time to load due to the size of the pictures used
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will closely monitor the situation as the feedback was in direct contrast to that given in 2017 where students found the same site easy to navigate and use. The unit-coordinator will look at obtaining mid-term feedback so that any changes may be implemented in a timely manner.
Action Taken
Appropriate changes have been made to improve loading times of the Moodle page.
Source: end of term student evaluation
Feedback
Students found the course helped them better understand how to assess the quality of research they were reading
Recommendation
The unit coordinator is pleased the students found the content helped them to better understand research and will continue to explore ways to assist students in assessing research.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator continued to monitor this aspect by asking for feedback on this element during the term
Source: end of term student evaluation
Feedback
Students found the teaching material and videos produced was of a high quality thereby facilitating a better understanding of the topics being presented
Recommendation
The unit coordinator is pleased students appreciated the quality of the content and will continue to provide high quality content. He will also investigate the potential of having material linked to an external (and private) YouTube site that will host the video material.
Action Taken
Unit material was reviewed for improvement opportunities and is currently awaiting the approval of a unit update proposal (UUP) to further benefit students.
Source: end of term student evaluation
Feedback
Students found the unit conveyors and facilitators both passionate and knowledgeable. This enabled students to better understand the material being delivered as questions were easily answered
Recommendation
The faculty will continue to offer an engaging and supportive learning environment.
Action Taken
Students continued to find the UC passionate and knowledgable.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
Students found that greater clarity with respect to assessment requirements would be appreciated.
Recommendation
The UC will investigate incorporating this feedback item in the update unit proposal for 2020.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
Students indicated that greater diversity in the assessment load, including rationalisation of the current weighting away from two assessments each worth 50%, would help them better meet the learning goals of the unit.
Recommendation
The UC will investigate incorporating the changes to the assessment load and diversity of tasks in the update proposal for 2020.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
Students indicated that physical lectures would help them interact with staff and fellow students better during the course of the term.
Recommendation
The UC will investigate the resource implications and availability of ISL facilities that will go some way in addressing this concern in the update proposal for 2020.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
Students found the unit did help them understand and appreciate some of the more important and practical aspects of critical research appraisal.
Recommendation
The UC will continue to investigate ways to improve upon the practical applications of the lecture material so to enhance the student's appreciation of the subject.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
Students enjoyed the clarity and quality of the lectures presented.
Recommendation
The UC will investigate strategies to make lecture material more user-friendly and engaging for learners in the update proposal for 2020.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critique the advantages and disadvantages of various research designs used in primary and secondary research
  2. Evaluate research using standardised and non-standardised critical appraisal methods
  3. Analyse basic research data and provide appropriate summaries for further evaluation
  4. Compose a research question in order to develop a collaborative proposal to investigate a selected field of enquiry
  5. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published research within a contextualised and patient-centred framework.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural 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 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment