Research and Inquiry in Health Professions (BACH5341)


This unit provides an overview of the research process and focuses on the formulation of a proposal for a small research project. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about (or update their knowledge of) research methods at the introductory level and acts as an introduction to the research electives which concentrate on a particular methodology or aspect of the research process. Students explore quantitative and qualitative approaches to research with their own specific research question in mind. Basic research designs are considered (including interview, observation, longitudinal and cross-sectional designs, experiment, single case study, survey) together with their suitability for investigating different types of research questions. Students also learn about ethics in research, sampling, validity and reliability of measures and descriptive statistics.

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Distance mode (students must have access to the internet)


3x online quizzes (40%), literature review (10%), draft proposal (10%), final proposal (40%)


Portney, LG & Watkins, MP / Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice (3rd ed), /2009/

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Unit of study rules


BACH3126 or BACH4047 or BACH5268 or DHSC7002 or DHSC7005

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