Courses & Units

Methods for Dementia Research CAD600


This unit provides students with a working knowledge of the major research methods and design approaches used to build the evidence base in health and social care, neurobiology, policies and systems, and public health. We examine major research methods and use this knowledge to discuss research papers, leading to critical evaluations of method. This unit will enable students to engage with the primary literature, develop a critical sense of the nature of publications, evidence, and the trustworthiness of sources, and understand what constitutes a ‘healthy’ paper and, by extension, good research. This knowledge base is essential for the research-oriented content of the 700 level units in the Master of Dementia.


Unit name Methods for Dementia Research
Unit code CAD600
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Coordinator Doctor Matthew Kirkcaldie
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explore commonly employed research approaches to areas such as: - dementia care and aged care; - dementia neurobiology, including clinical translation; - policy and systems design for health care related to dementia; - public health relevant research, including outcome measures; and discuss the nature of evidence they generate
  • Employ knowledge of research techniques in designing translational research, to inform practice or add to the evidence base for policy affecting societal and health care support for the needs of people living with dementia
  • Analyse and critique the assumptions, strengths, and shortcomings of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research techniques
  • Evaluate the methods used in techniques such as meta-analysis, systematic review and similar approaches

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
069999 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $1,654.00

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Any two of (CAD501, CAD502, CAD503, CAD504)


Teaching Pattern

Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.

AssessmentQualitative article critique (10%)|Quantitative article critique (20%)|Systematic review critique (20%)|Research design (50%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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