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 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
Cairns
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 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. 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

No previous feedback available

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 feedback via email and 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
Provide greater detail in assignment feedback, particularly the first written assignment to better prepare students for the second written assessment task
Recommendation
Provide more positive feedback with specific directions for improvement within the time and logistical constraints of having approximately 600 assignment for which to schedule marking.
Action Taken
Additional direction has been provided for students in the written comments section of Feedback Studio, as feasible with the time and logistical constraints of such a large unit. This was supported with a video on Echo360 identifying what was done well and what general areas require improvement.
Source: Self reflection and 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
Responses to student questions on Moodle and via email were quick and detailed.
Recommendation
Maintain high level of support to student though excellent teaching support
Action Taken
The high level of student support including rapid responses to student queries has been maintained.
Source: Student emails and self reflection
Feedback
Provide more detail and consistency when addressing referencing using APA format.
Recommendation
Provide referencing examples in addition to those provided in the CQUniversity APA style guide to assist students in correctly formatting in-text references and reference lists.
Action Taken
Consistency has been addressed by referring students to specific sections of the APA manual as required. Additional examples were provided by way of a video on Echo showing correct formatting of references according to APA style.
Source: 'Have your say' survey.
Feedback
Further details on APA referencing are needed by students.
Recommendation
It is recommended that written examples in lectures and on Moodle to support students' understanding of correct APA referencing.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self-reflection and 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
More information regarding scientific communication is needed.
Recommendation
It is recommended to revise the communication lecture to include more content on academic writing relevant to assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Peer discussion and self-reflection.
Feedback
Advocate for greater use of the online Moodle forums for students to seek answers to questions.
Recommendation
It is recommended to provide more information to students regarding use of the forums including how to search for answers to previously asked questions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have your say' survey and student emails.
Feedback
More assessment feedback is needed by students.
Recommendation
It is recommended that further instruction on how to access assignment feedback within Feedback Studio and via the Echo360 assignment feedback video be offered to students.
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
1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment