HHL4180 Introduction to Research Methods (6 credit points) is one of four research-related units within HMOP where students develop the communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences. They also learn to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to the professional evidence-base. In this introductory unit students interrogate the notion of scientific methods; evaluate the characteristics of quantitative and qualitative research paradigms and review data sampling and collection. All of this content is discussed throughout the semester by appraising published research papers with a view to establishing critical analysis skills in the students.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Assess quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research approaches in the context of osteopathic research;  
  2. Critically review examples of research methods commonly used to contribute to the evidence base in osteopathy and related health fields;  
  3. Identify ethical requirements in the conduct of research;  
  4. Critique a research paper and present the critique in an oral format for peer review; and  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Quantitative Journal article critique (750 words) 20%
Presentation Oral presentation of a findings from journal article critique (in pairs 250 words) 20%
Assignment Qualitative journal article evaluation (750 words) 20%
Examination Final exam (1.5 hours - 1250 words) 40%
90% attendance is required at tutorial, practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program. The tutorial activities in this unit are interactive and students are able to seek feedback from the tutor on meeting the learning outcomes and planning for assessment tasks.

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