This unit provides an introduction to research methodology and how it can be applied to the aesthetics industry. Students will examine the importance of proper research design in evidence-based practice. Concepts include comparing and contrasting quantitative and qualitative research designs, principles of reliability and validity and their importance in measurement, and various forms of data analysis will be discussed. Students will be guided through the process of how research is developed, data collected, analysed and reports are written.

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HBD2101 - Dermal Studies and Philosophy

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualise research theory by using qualitative and quantitative methods related to the dermal industry;  
  2. Critique dermal research study designs to design a group investigative project;  
  3. Apply data collection methods for both quantitative and qualitative information in a controlled manner; and  
  4. Evaluate basic analysis of statistical data to report on research findings.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Ten (10) x 5 minute online quizzes. (500 words equivalent). 20%
Assignment Transcription and coding of interviews conducted for the group research project (approximately 2000 words). 30%
Report Investigative report: research theory will be applied to a group research project (2500 words) 50%

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