ESSC11004 - Study and Research Skills for Health Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.

Details

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Cairns
Mackay City
Online
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2023 Profile
Cairns
Mackay City
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. Online Test 30%
2. Written Assessment 70%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 73.75% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 22.35% 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
Moodle layout was great and easy to find content quickly.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Moodle design remains simple to enable students to access information in as few clicks as possible.
Action Taken
Moodle layout was retained from previous years and the presentation of information has been consistent.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
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.
Action Taken
Additional readings and literature from other courses was included, however additional examples are suggested to be included to the growing list of readings.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Specific content related to referencing, in particular APA referencing is required.
Recommendation
It is recommended that a lecture and tutorial focused on the importance of referencing, and how to reference correctly be created
Action Taken
An additional lecture was included specific to referencing requirements for this unit.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Students did not find assessment feedback useful.
Recommendation
It is recommended that additional resources be developed for how to find and interpret feedback.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Students are not attending lectures either on campus or via Zoom.
Recommendation
It is recommended that lectures are pre-recorded, while tutorials are delivered live (and via Zoom), as these would be more engaging for students and have specific application to assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Students requested copies of PowerPoint slides from tutorials.
Recommendation
It is recommended that PowerPoint slides used in tutorials be provided to students to assist with their studies.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student communication
Feedback
Support from the Academic Learning Centre was well received.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the ALC continue to be utilised throughout this unit to assist students with writing and research skills.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
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 10
1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment