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 taking part in a group investigative project with both qualitative and quantitative components related to the aesthetics 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. Analyse basic statistical data from the group project and report on research findings.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Ten (10) x 5 minute online quizzes. (500 words equivalent). 20%
Assignment Transcription of interview related to the research project in groups of 3 (2000 words equivalent). 30%
Report Investigative report: research theory will be applied to a class research project in groups of 3 (2000 words) 50%

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