This unit teaches about the research process from development of a research question to study design, quantitative data analysis, and interpretation of outcomes in the context of theory and practical applications. You will learn about concepts and logic that apply to quantitative research in general, with an emphasis on issues and types of studies most relevant in health research. As either an individual or group exercise, you will perform most aspects of the research process using examples given to you or created by you, and will receive comprehensive feedback along the way. The unit will prepare you to critically evaluate research findings in your future career, and to engage in further research training should you wish to do so. Skills you are expected to develop include succinct academic writing, simple data analysis using SPSS, and developing ideas in the context of teamwork.
1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial or laboratory session/week
Group presentation (10%), In-class quiz (20%), 1000wd report (20%) and end semester exam (50%)
Field, A. (2013). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics: And sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll (4th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage. Portney, L. G., and Watkins, M. P. (2009). Foundations of clinical research: Applications to practice (3rd ed.). Essex, England: Pearson Education Limited.
HSBH1007 or HSBH2007Prohibitions
PSYC2012 or SCLG3603