This unit (HBS3002) extends students' skills in understanding the ambiguities and complexity of healthcare through qualitative data collection methods and statistical analysis and interpretation. Student skills in locating, retrieving and reviewing peer reviewed journal articles are applied to specific osteopathic patient cases.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply basic statistical concepts commonly used in health sciences research;  
  2. Review qualitative research data collection and analysis methods;  
  3. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the systematic literature search process; and  
  4. Interrogate the literature to support clinical decision making in preparation for clinical practice.  


In the 2 computer tests, students demonstrate knowledge of quantitative (Quiz 1) and qualitative (Quiz 2) research methods. In the second assessment, students conduct a systematic literature search on a clinical question of their choice, access articles, and develop a literature review. In the Exercise, students analyse quantitative and qualitative data and interpret findings.
Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two-30 minute, online quizzes (10% each) about quantitative and qualitative research techniques. 20%
Report Group report on a systematic literature search and interrogate the literature to support clinical decision making. (1500 word essay) 40%
Exercise Two in-class problem based activities (2 hours each, 20% each) assessing qualitative and quantitative methods. 40%

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