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This unit equips students with an understanding of the research methods used in health services in order to interpret published research, and design research of their own. Unit content includes the theoretical underpinning of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the links between the two.  Students learn how to search for and critically appraise published research in order to design future research projects, and make evidence based decisions to improve practice in clinical settings. Through the course of the semester, students explore and apply the skills required to produce a research proposal. These steps include formulating a research question, interrogating background literature, selecting an appropriate research design, ensuring ethical research conduct, and planning the practical requirements that enable the project to succeed.

Summary 2021

Unit name Health Research Methods
Unit code CAM720
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine

Dr Rosie Nash

Teaching staff

Dr Rosie Nash

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Teaching Pattern

Online and face-to-face (blended delivery) Hobart.


Ass 1. Critical Appraisal (written assignment, 750 words) (20%)

Ass 2. Literature Search (written assignment, 1500 words) (35%)

Ass 3. Project Proposal/Ethics Application (written assignment, 2500 words) (35%)

Ass.4. Discussion Posts (written assignment, 7 posts specific to module content) (10%).

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Liamputtong, P. Research Methods in Health: Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice (2013 Oxford University Press)


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