Courses & Units

Research Methodology and Project Design CSA408

Introduction

This unit introduces students to applied research methodology through literature review and research project design. Students carry out online studies of readings and tutorials, participate in online discussion forums to develop their research skills through discussion, and undertake a literature review and design of a research project of their own choice in clinical or laboratory-based basic science.
In this unit, scientific literature, bibliographic databases, information retrieving and searching strategies are discussed in the context of preparing and writing a literature review. Academic support and general guidance are provided on the selection of research topic, the formulation of the research questions and hypothesis, and the preparation of a research proposal. The theories and principles of research methodology, various approaches in project design in health and medical research are discussed in conjunction with key elements of a research project including creativity, ethics, variables, statistical analysis, research techniques, data collection and interpretation, budgeting and reporting.


Summary

Unit name Research Methodology and Project Design
Unit code CSA408
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Mr Colin Curtain
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of scientific literature in health and medical sciences, and the ability to apply information retrieval skills to search bibliographic databases and acquire key source documents for review on a specific topic.
  • demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesise and report the results of a literature search by writing a literature review on a chosen topic that provides the rationale for your research questions, hypotheses and objectives.
  • be aware of the principles of research methodology and project design in health and medical sciences, and apply this knowledge to develop a research project proposal.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching

Teaching Pattern

Online via MyLo WebCT Vista, online discussion room

AssessmentResearch design project (40%)|Review of selected research topic (50%)|Short exercises (10%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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